Neil Lennon has responded to Dave Cormack’s Boxing Day rant about Kristoffer Ajer and Leigh Griffiths.

The Aberdeen chairman blasted Ajer for ‘feigning’ injury following Sam Cosgrove’s challenge on him in last weekend’s encounter; a tackle the striker was subsequently sent off for.

Cormack also criticised Griffiths in his bizarre outburst on Twitter in the early hours of the morning on Boxing Day.

And Lennon hit back at Cormack’s comments prior to Thursday’s tie with St. Mirren, describing his rant as “embarrassing” and “absolutely disgraceful,” the Daily Record reports.

It’s absolutely embarrassing. I’m not having that at all. Kris Ajer is the victim in this, he was on the end of a very heavy challenge. There was no feigning injury, there was no play acting. 

Kris Ajer is a model professional and I’m not having somebody from the Aberdeen board – or anyone else – talking about my players like that.

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First of all it’s not true, it’s a lie, and second of all these things should be kept in-house. We’ve been very balanced on the issue, we’ve tried to play it down, but when you see comments like that coming from the chairman of Aberdeen we’re not tolerating it as a club and I’m certainly not as a manager. 

He’s a player I think every club in this country would want in their team, he’s a model professional on and off the field and I think it’s very naive from Mr Cormack. It’s an attack on my player and he’s done absolutely nothing wrong, absolutely nothing. The comments are absolutely disgraceful.

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Lennon is completely within his rights to defend Ajer and Griffiths following Cormack’s outburst.

It was highly unprofessional of the Aberdeen chairman to lay into the Celtic duo in the manner he did, and we may not have heard the last of this, as Cormack is bound to respond to Lennon.