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LENNY ‘DISAPPOINTED’ WITH SPFL CHARGE

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NEIL LENNON has admitted he is disappointed Celtic have been charged by the SPFL in the Boli Bolingoli backlash.

The nine-in-a-row champions are in the dock for breaking the rules concerning coronavirus safety.

The Hampden chiefs are prepared to take action after Hoops’ Belgian defender Boli Bolingoli made a scret trip to Spain and returned while ignoring the 14-day self-isolation to meet up with his team-mates as they prepared for the game against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

The bungling left-back played the last nine minutes of the 1-1 draw as a replacement for Greg Taylor before Celtic discovered about his hush-hush journey to Marbella.

Lennon stressed the club had done everything they could to put safety first, introducing measures and equipment at the stadium and training centre.

The Irishman, speaking to STV, said: “I’m disappointed for the club. I think they’ve been at the forefront of getting the game up and running.

“They’ve put in place all the procedures, all the protocols and it’s all down to the actions of one individual.

“But we put our hands up last week and said if we are accountable then we’ll have to accept that, take it and move on.

“What we don’t want is for the game to shut down again and for any mishaps, if you want to call it that. We’ve had two clubs, Aberdeen and ourselves, who are embroiled in this.

“I think it’s unfortunate from our point of view, from my point of view as a manager, and the players and staff. We’ve worked really hard, tirelessly, as have people at the club, and we’re still trying to set the highest standards we can.”

The Celtic manager said there was “no conclusion” to the club’s disciplinary procedures against Bolingoli as yet.

 
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