Frank McAvennie has hit back at Celtic fans after a banner was revealed at Parkhead with the message “shoot the board”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the legendary former Hoops striker insisted he had no problem with supporters venting their opinions but threats were a step too far.

Celtic fans have been protesting Neil Lennon’s management and the club’s board in recent weeks after their run of just two wins in their last 12 games.

There were violent scenes outside of Parkhead at the beginning of December after the Hoops crashed out of the Scottish League Cup, ending a run of 39 consecutive domestic cup wins.

Lennon’s side have also been eliminated from the Europa League and are 12 points behind league leaders Rangers.

“The whole place is up in arms at the moment but the fans are not helping,” McAvennie told Football Insider.

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“I am all for people venting their opinions, I do not have a problem with that but the threats – that is not Celtic. I do not get it.

“How can the Celtic supporters get voted the best in Europe and then some of them do this? I get that it is an important season, as a fan it is an important season for me.

“We can get annoyed but you cannot do that. It is not helping the players, the manager or the club. It is not good. Proper supporters do it the right way.” 

Celtic’s board released a fresh statement after their 1-1 draw with St. Johnstone reiterating their support for Lennon.

It is the second time in recent weeks that they have publicly backed the Northern Irishman.

In other Celtic news, a top pundit has claimed the Hoops could land a “brilliant” Lennon replacement after a shock approach