Neil Lennon on Ivan Sproule booking

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Neil Lennon Celtic newsNeil Lennon has spoken out about his touchline clash with Ivan Sproule during the Hibs v Celtic League Cup tie.

The Hibs winger was booked for his attack on Biram Kayal with referee Willie Collum deciding to even up the score by booking the Celtic player for being fouled.

Lennon confronted Sproul about the incident which happened right in front of the Celtic technical area with the more fanatical elements of the Rangers support demanding a United Nations enquiry into the ‘flashpoint’.

So far Alex Salmond and Pat Nevin have refused to comment on the incident.

Ahead of today’s visit from Hibs Lennon gave his version of what happened.

The Celtic boss said: “My demeanour’s probably been a bit more calm this year.

“But I didn’t like the follow through on the tackle and I reacted to that, it was my natural instinct. It’s nothing to do with Sproule, I will voice my opinion on any tackle I see.

“The players have passion in abundance and look after themselves well as a team.”

Sproule was ordered off shortly afterwards for a second yellow card offence.

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