Neil Lennon has hit out at Kris Commons over his hysterical criticism of Shane Duffy.
In Monday’s Daily Mail the former Celtic winger claimed that the on-loan Brighton defender was a bomb-scare and rank rotten.
Lennon never mentioned Commons by name but he used those two phrases when he addressed the media today.
Commons and Lennon played together at Nottingham Forest with the Irishman signing Commons for Celtic and Hibs but as he moves off into his new career in the media it seems that the bond between the two men has been broken.
Covering today’s media conference The Sun reports Lennon saying:
Shane needs to find his feet. He has had a bumpy week, nothing more nothing less. It happens. I am not happy with the treatment he is getting from certain quarters of the media.
I think it is hysterical. Comments that he is rank rotten and he is a bombscare. You’ve seen it – you know what I’m talking about. I find that ridiculous.
People can put out in the media what they want but they need to behave themselves, need to start acting professional and they need to stop digging out players when they’ve been players themselves and didn’t have a great time the whole way through their time here either.
He is a quality player. The personal, banging the drum with certain players is unacceptable.
Lennon covered a wide range of topics during his media conference which was to preview Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen.
The Celtic boss claimed that there was no justification for calls for his sacking, highlighting two newspapers that ran polls inviting readers to vote on whether Lennon should be sacked or not.