Neil Lennon takes aim at Rangers coach following celebrations
By Harry Sykes
Ecstatic Neil Lennon sparked fury with his touchline celebrations as Hibernian secured a notable victory at Rangers on Saturday.
The visiting manager came under fire from the home crowd and the opposition as he lapped up Simon Murray’s equaliser as the Edinburgh club came from behind to win 3-2 at Ibrox.
Lennon turned and faced the main stand, kept his arms aloft, cupped his ears, shrieked with joy and made a 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 also appeared to complain to a police officer.
When it was suggested that Baptista had spoken to the police about Lennon, the Hibs manager told the Daily Record: “He should have got back in his box.
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“Funny enough he didn’t (have something to say to me).
“I don’t know what he was saying, I assume he was unhappy about something. I didn’t make a gesture, I celebrated a goal.
“If they are unhappy about it they can come and tell me. But I shouldn’t get into trouble for doing that. I am celebrating a goal. What way are you supposed to celebrate a goal?
“If I pick my nose someone will find something to criticise me for, I am celebrating a goal. You are looking for things that aren’t there.”
Murray fired home to cancel out Alfredo Morelos’ opener before a James Tavernier own-goal and a sublime volley from Vykintas Slivka gave the away side a 3-1 lead.
Tavernier netted a consolation goal to make it 3-2 as Rangers slumped to their first league defeat of the season following their opening-day win at Motherwell.
In other Rangers news, fans have destroyed a summer signing on Twitter for his display against Hibernian.