Neil Lennon has let rip at Rangers ahead of Hibernian’s weekend visit of Kilmarnock to Easter Road after suggestions of crowd trouble came to the fore.
The Hibbies are due to face the Light Blues on May 13 – the last game of the Scottish Premiership season – and the Light Blues suggested that the decision of the fourth-place side to cut ticket allocation could lead to crowd trouble.
But Lennon, a former Celtic manager believes that the Gers were wrong to make such a statement, describing it as “crass,” and added that it didn’t surprise him.
As quoted in the Daily Record, the Hibbies boss said: “It was a bit crass really. They didn’t even get the day right, for a start. But they do like a statement.
“We will do what’s best for our club. And our allocation at Ibrox isn’t exactly chock full either.
“We could do with more Hibs fans going there but we only get 800-1000 in a stadium of 48,000.
“I just didn’t think it was worded correctly from a club of that standing – but it doesn’t surprise me.”
Football Insider verdict:
Those are harsh words from Lennon and ones that may only serve to stoke the flames rather than put them out ahead of the final game of the campaign. Having said that, it was a strange statement for Rangers to make. It’s not unheard of for ticket allocations to be altered and for the Gers to say that it “beggars belief” will only incense travelling supporters. With just three points between the two sides, there is a place in Europe to fight it out for, but Rangers’ goal difference should make a difference if it goes down to points.
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