Lennon destroys Rangers boss Caixinha as war of words takes a new twist
By Harry Sykes
Neil Lennon has hit out at Pedro Caixinha and claimed he could only have shown him more respect if he’d kissed his feet as the war of words between the two managers escalated.
Hibs manager Lennon is furious at accusations by Rangers counterpart Caixinha that he was disrespectful during Saturday’s explosive clash at Ibrox, which ended in a 3-2 win for Hibernian.
Ex-Celtic boss Lennon was at the centre of the controversy, with several complaints made to the police following his gestures and celebrations in the technical area.
Portugese Caixinha subsequently criticised the referee’s performance and made it clear he was unhappy with Lennon’s actions, adding that he had come to Scotland to do a job and deserved respect.
Lennon was not happy with the accusation and explained how the Rangers manager snubbed convention and gave him the cold shoulder in the aftermath of the match.
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The northern Irishman said, as quoted by the Scotsman: “I paid him due respect before the game. I said he came across as a gentleman, and I paid Ibrox the compliment of saying it was a great amphitheatre.
“I even complimented his team’s performance after the game.
“So, other than kiss his feet, how much more respect does Pedro Caixinha want me to give him? That respect should have been afforded to me when we went into his office afterwards, but it wasn’t.
“Respect is a two-way thing. I went into the office after the game. There was no conversation with myself or my backroom team.
“I’ve never experienced that before. Only Jonatan Johansson and Craig Flannigan, the young fitness coach who was at Hibs, made conversation.
“Pedro spoke to his assistant in Portuguese, which I understand a little bit of.
“I would never do that whether you’ve had a ding-dong, whether the game has been great, or if there have been controversial decisions or a rammy during the game.
“Even if you are in a foul mood afterwards, you speak to the other guy.
“It can be awkward at times, but there is that unwritten rule — there is respect. If Pedro wants that then he has to give some back.”
A police investigation has cleared Lennon after Rangers fans complained about his behaviour in the 3-2 win for Hibs.
But the Easter Road gaffer could still face an SFA rap after he made gestures towards Ibrox fans after Hibs scored.
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