Neil Lennon tells Hearts boss Craig Levein: ‘The gloves are off’

Neil Lennon has continued his war of words with Hearts boss Craig Levein following Sunday’s Edinburgh derby.

Neil Lennon has continued his war of words with Hearts boss Craig Levein following Sunday’s Edinburgh derby.

The Hibs manager was left fuming after seeing his side lose 1-0 at Tynecastle following Levein’s claims the result would “restore natural order” in the fixture.

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Levein attempted to play down the comments on Tuesday morning, claiming his own comments were just a “good laugh” after Lennon had branded him “disrespectful” after the game.

However Lennon has been left far from impressed with the behaviour of the former Scotland manager.

“I didn’t find it funny,” he said in response to Levein’s remark. “Comments like that come back to haunt you.

“I thought it was derogatory to my club, to my players to my supporters and to me.

“He didn’t come for a drink after the game to explain himself, so the gloves are off now.”

The two have previously enjoyed a cordial relationship, but that has changed following Sunday’s result.

When asked if his opinion of Levein had changed, Lennon said: “Yes.

“(But) I won’t dwell on it. I think I made my feelings pretty clear after the game on Sunday.”