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We are not tolerating this as a club- Lennon brands Cormack an absolute disgrace over Ajer and Griffiths lies

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Neil Lennon has branded Dave Cormack as an absolute disgrace following his brutal attack on Kris Ajer and Leigh Griffiths.

The Aberdeen chairman made some very serious allegations against the Celtic duo after his side had lost 2-1 to Celtic last Saturday.

Sam Cosgrove was given a straight red card for a dangerous and reckless attack on Ajer with referee Euan Anderson in no doubt about the decision.

Derek McInnes described the incident as a brilliant tackle but yesterday the SFA dismissed the appeal from the former Carlisle United striker.

Covering Lennon’s pre-match interview with Radio Scotland The Scotsman reported:

Lennon, speaking to BBC Radio Scotland before the Ladbrokes Premiership clash with St Mirren in Paisley, said: “It’s absolutely embarrassing. I’m not having that at all. Kris Ajer is the victim in this and was on the end of a very heavy challenge.

“There was no feigning injury, there was no play-acting. Kris is a model professional and I am not having someone from the Aberdeen board, or anyone else, talking about my players like that. First of all, it isn’t true – it’s a lie. Second of all, these things should be kept in-house.

“We have been very balanced on the whole issue and have tried to play it down. But when you see comments like that coming out from the Aberdeen chairman, we are not tolerating it as a club – and I’m not as a manager.

“Every team in the country would want Kris Ajer – he’s a model professional on and off the pitch. It’s very naive from Mr Cormack. I’m hugely disappointed. It’s an attack on my player and he has done nothing wrong. The comments are absolutely disgraceful.”

It remains to be seen how Celtic as a club respond to Cormack’s tweet which was greeted with delight by Aberdeen supporters.

A year ago Celtic called for transparency over John Beaton’s refusal to discipline Alfredo Morelos as he carried out physical attacks on Scott Brown, Tony Ralston and Ryan Christie during the December Ibrox derby clash.

Speaking at the Celtic AGM 11 months later Peter Lawwell revealed that the issue had been resolved over a private meeting at Hampden with the SFA.

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