A line has hopefully been drawn under the stress Neil Lennon has lived under during the last two years with the conviction of two men found guilty of sending bombs in the post. In a statement, Neil said: This has been a very stressful and difficult time for myself and my family and clearly I am glad that it is over”, before adding, “I will forever be thankful to the Police for the way in which they have handled this matter.”
Celtic chief executive, Peter Lawwell, added: “No one could imagine the pressure [Neil Lennon] has been under during the past two years. He has coped with this particular episode, last year’s assault and the, at times, seemingly unrelenting attacks from many quarters.
“In my opinion, no-one in Scottish footballing history has had to contend with this level of pressure whilst trying to do their job. Neil Lennon is someone who has shown tremendous character and resilience, and we will continue to support Neil in any way we can.”
This month has been made all the more difficult for Neil Lennon by the sudden death of Paul McBride, also a target of the bombing campaign. Neil Lennon said, “Finally, I would like to mention my good friend Paul McBride. His sad passing remains very raw to those close to him, we continue to miss him dearly and my thoughts remain very much with Paul’s family.”
The SFA have written to Neil Lennon three times since the start of the trial earlier this month to capitalise on perceived transgressions by the Celtic manager while yesterday a former referee used his newspaper column to undermine Neil’s position at Celtic.
These people really do need to get a grip.
Within minutes of the verdict being announced yesterday news of Stilian Petrov’s serious illness was made public. Stilian will received the very best medical attention and all our prayers.
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