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‘SELF-INFLICTED,’ SKY MAN MAKES NO APOLOGIES

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NEIL LENNON demanded an apology from former Celtic striker Andy Walker after the Sky Sports reporter claimed the squad’s trip to Dubai had been “a jolly”.

The clearly incensed Irishman also accused the media pundit of spreading lies about his squad.

Lennon refused to speak to the satellite broadcasters before live coverage of the 2-2 draw with Livingston in West Lothian last night, but Walker, a goal hero in the club’s double-winning centenary year under Billy McNeill, was in the gantry to work as a co-commentator.

However, there was no sign of the ex-Celt apologising and, instead, he said: “Let’s stick to the facts: Celtic went on an ill-fated trip to Dubai, something that they apologised for.

“The upshot was that they dropped four points against Hibs and Livingston with a weakened squad.

“All of that self-inflicted.

“I’ve got to say there’s been a remarkable analysis of my use of the word ‘jolly’.

“My personal experience is at Celtic I played under Billy McNeill and Tommy Burns. We went on a mid-season jolly.

“The purpose of it being exactly what Celtic tried to get a couple of weeks ago: warm weather training, no pressure, no games, a bit of downtime. Have a beer by all means.

“But at the bottom of it, absolutely, you work hard.

“So, if anyone wants to regard that as a stag do or some sort of club 18-30 that’s entirely up to them.”

There was no sign of Lennon after the game as the Hoops failed to win their first game in 2021 at the fourth attempt.

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