Celtic manager Neil Lennon has reacted furiously to the latest rumour claiming that he had a fallout with captain Scott Brown after the clash with Cluj, as reported on the Daily Record.
There have been whispers recently that Lennon and Brown had a bust-up, but the manager was quick to quash them. He said:
I don’t know where that’s come from at all. It’s complete nonsense, honestly. I can’t control the rumours.
All I can say is that I love him and, you know, we have a great relationship – a very strong bond with a huge amount of respect – and it goes back a long, long way.
I trust him and he trusts me. It would take a lot for anything to come between that.
Does Lennon have a right to be angry?
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Absolutely. The Celtic side has started the season in fine form, winning all four of their league matches, including a dominant 2-0 victory over arch-rivals Rangers before the international break at Ibrox, but rumours like these try to create disunity within the team, which is exactly what Lennon does not want.
The relationship between a manager and the club captain has to be strong for the team to operate properly and as Lennon stated, their bond is very strong and has been for a long period of time.
His reaction seems to be out of mere frustration because something is being made out of absolutely nothing.
But it’s a good thing that he was straight forward in his response because now, he’s totally wiped out the rumour.