‘Rangers no longer our problem,’ says Neil Lennon as manager issues ban on answering questions on rivals

Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Picture: SNS
Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Picture: SNS
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CELTIC manager Neil Lennon has imposed a ban on answering questions about Rangers after being asked to respond to fresh comments from Ibrox chief executive Charles Green.

• Neil Lennon will no longer answer questions on Rangers unless they face each other in competition

• Lennon had been asked to respond on comments made by Rangers chief Charles Green on league reconstruction

Lennon has grown more and more exasperated at having to field queries at press conferences on the Parkhead club’s historic rivals, and remarks made by Green regarding reconstruction of the Scottish game has proven to be the final straw.

Green had criticised proposals to reform the league structure of the domestic game while citing remarks made by Celtic chief Peter Lawell regarding changes overseas.

Green had also claimed that Celtic would suffer financially as a result of Rangers’ absence from the SPL, adding that season-ticket sales would slump.

When Lennon was asked to comment on Green’s latest remarks, and expressed puzzlement at the relevance to his club’s day-to-day fortunes in the SPL.

“Rangers are in the Third Division, we are in the SPL, and it’s not really our problem,” said Lennon.

“We are six months down the line from Rangers playing in the Third Division and six months down the line, I am still answering questions on them.

“To tell you the truth, I don’t want to answer any more questions no them because I have enough on my plate.

“From here on in I am not going to answer any more questions on Rangers because they are not on our radar.

“If we play them in a cup competition then I will be quite happy to answer any questions on the football aspect of things.

“As regards all this stuff off the field, I have no comment to make whatsoever.”