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Neil Lennon Forcefully Hits Back at ‘Disrespectful’ Tony Cascarino Over Celtic Criticism

Neil Lennon Forcefully Hits Back at ‘Disrespectful’ Tony Cascarino Over Celtic Criticism

Hibs boss Neil Lennon has forcefully hit back at Tony Cascarino‘s criticism of the Scottish game, after the radio pundit took a dig at Celtic’s achievements under Brendan Rodgers.

As we told you earlier today, Cascarino has been taking an absolute pounding from Hoops supporters over the last 24 hours or so after he claimed that Celtic winning the Scottish Premiership unbeaten was the equivalent to winning League One in England.

Well, Lennon – who has managed Celtic and Bolton in the English Championship – has taken exception to Cacarino’s comments, and sought to put the former Republic of Ireland striker in his place during his press conference earlier today.

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Speaking via the Daily Record, Lennon said: ”

“It is disrespectful. How much Scottish football does Tony watch?

“To go 63 games at any level is remarkable. Celtic are an excellent side and they proved that with a few games in the Champions League.

“We’re not getting the money the English clubs can get but the Scottish game is improving. It’s getting healthier. You only have to look at the calibre of manager working up here to see that there is definitely an upturn.

“I find the competition and the quality of the games really refreshing. We don’t need people from down south lecturing us on how the game is up here.

“There is still that rawness here. There is still that passion. It’s still a working-class sport up here. You don’t have too many prawn sandwich brigades, who kill the soul of the game. I’ve been to a lot of grounds in England where the atmosphere is awful.

“I’ve seen some absolute rubbish in England. Rubbish.

“Over the weekend, there were three or four 1-0s. I watch some games in the Championship and the football is eye-bleeding, whereas I have seen some really good games up here.

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“If there could be an injection of money, you would see a huge difference in the Scottish game but it is doing best and it is improving.”

He’s not a man who often minces his words, and, to be honest, we would absolutely love to see Cascarino and Lennon in a radio debate sometime soon.

What do you make of Lennon’s rebuttal, and is there any truth to Cascarino’s arguments?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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