Lennon dismisses Thompson feud

Celtic boss turns anger on tabloids

Neil Lennon: Has accused the Scottish tabloids of stirring up a controversy

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon has denied being angry with coach Alan Thompson for reportedly enjoying a drink with Rangers keeper Allan McGregor.

Reports had claimed the Hoops manager would be having "showdown talks" with former team-mate Thompson on Friday morning.

But Lennon has rubbished the story and instead turned his focus on the media for stirring up what he sees as a non-existent controversy.

"It is a nothing story," said Lennon. "One of my staff and Allan McGregor frequent the same pub. Wow.

"The media are the ones who say that more should be done to put away the sectarian element and I have been there myself when Allan has been in and had his company for 15, 20 minutes.

Difficult

"It is a very difficult thing to do in Glasgow sometimes but there is total respect between Alan and Allan.

"I don't know the whole story of what went on that night but it is very difficult for Celtic and Rangers players to socialise with each other in the city.

"But it happens every now and again and now all of a sudden one of the tabloids wants to make a whole big thing about it.

"It only stirs it up, in my eyes that is what they are basically trying to do, stir up some sort of controversy that isn't really there.

"I think it is disgusting."

Celtic face Inverness in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday.