Lennon subject to death threats after celebration against Rangers prompts police probe
By Harry Sykes
Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has been subjected to death threats from Rangers fans on social media after his touchline celebrations at Ibrox.
The Daily Telegraph cite Police Scotland as stating that the ex-Celtic boss has been on the receiving end of vitriol following Saturday’s volatile clash, which ended in a 3-2 win to his side.
Police Scotland said: “We are aware of offensive and threatening comments on social media directed at a named individual.”
It is not unfamiliar territory for Lennon, who, during his time at Celtic was subject to two assaults in the streets of Glasgow, another on the side of the pitch at Tynecastle and was the subject of threatening packages and bullets sent through the mail.
The latest round of abuse comes after the Telegraph report that sustained invective was sent in Lennon’s direction in the early exchanges of Saturday’s clash.
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Around 30 Rangers fans then lodged complaints at the reaction of Lennon to Simon Murray’s first-half equaliser, which so incensed the home support many of them reported him for his conduct to police officers in the main stand.
Lennon turned and faced the main stand, kept his arms aloft, cupped his ears, shrieked with joy and made an ‘up yours’ pumped fist gesture.
Within seconds a lighter was thrown from the home enclosure, missing him by a few feet, while Rangers assistant manager Helder Baptista complained to a police officer standing at the mouth of the tunnel..
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “Complaints have been received and our enquiries are continuing.”
But the Hibs boss, the target of sustained abuse from home fans, insisted he’d merely been caught up in the emotion of his team getting themselves back in the game.
In other Rangers news, fans have destroyed a summer signing on Twitter for his display against Hibernian.