NEIL LENNON has laughed off Ally McCoist’s insistence Celtic’s ninth successive title should carry an asterisk.

The former Ibrox star and manager claims the Hoops’ latest flag triumph must be highlighted as showing this season was not completed.

Lennon’s side, of course, were awarded the crown – the 51st in the club’s history – during the week when the SPFL bosses made the inevitable decision following the final curtain coming down on the campaign that was halted in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Celtic were leading the Premiership by 13 points with only eight games to go when the season was called to a halt.

McCoist made his feelings known on the situation, but Lennon hit back when his former Parkhead team-mate Chris Sutton asked what he would like to whisper in his ex-rival’s ear – a reference to their infamous 2011 Scottish Cup bust-up.

The Irishman smiled and answered: “Stay off the Buckie.”

At that point, near the end of the special BT Sport one-hour long show, hosted by presenter Darryl Currie and with Lennon’s ex-assistant Johan Mjallby also involved, the four participants dissolved into laughter.

As one-liners go, it was up there with the best.

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