Monday, February 28, 2011

Celtic supporting bigots fined

Five men were fined and given football banning orders for religiously aggravated breach of the peace at the Celtic Park clash.

Three were in their teens, one was 21 and the fifth was 30. One of the teenagers convicted, Celtic fan Mark McMurray, 19, of Airdrie, got a two-year banning order and £300 fine for shouting and swearing inside the stadium.

McMurray claimed yesterday that the police had been "very heavy-handed".

He said he had only been singing a song called "Cheer Up Walter Smith"

Police hunt Celtic fan for racist abuse

Police are hunting Celtic fans who rained down racist abuse on a black Senegalese footballer at Celtic Park.

One Celtic fan on popular Celtic fansite Kerrydale Street commented that "The guy beside me was doing it as well." 

Another Celtic regular claimed "Over the years I have heard a number of players being racially abused from individual supporters and it really is sickening."

One Celtic die hard added "doesnt suprise me one little bit, there are too many thick stupid Celtic fans kicking about these days"



CELTIC supporters were outraged by the actions of the sick fan who made monkey gestures at Rangers black star El Hadji Diouf during last week's crunch Old Firm league game.

The man ran down a stairway from his seat in the Jock Stein Stand to taunt Diouf by the pitch and made jungle noises at the Senegalese winger as he was preparing to take a corner during Celtic's 3-0 victory at Parkhead. 

Shocked Hoops fan Paul McAteer, 30, said: "I heard him make the 'oooohhhh, oooohhh, oooohh' monkey sound and saw him arc his arms like a monkey. 

"We were all booing Diouf, but nobody could believe this guy. He was shouted at to get lost and ran back to the top of the stand. We were disgusted." 

Paul's brother Gary, 26, was also watching the SPL clash, and said: "The guy wasn't sitting in the front row but ran down and started acting like a monkey. He only did it for a few seconds, but that was enough. It was shocking. 

"Diouf is not exactly a favourite at Parkhead, but nobody deserves that. 

"Despite there being hundreds of police on duty, they appeared not to notice this, so well done News of the World." 

We've passed the shameful yob's picture to officials at Celtic and Rangers and Strathclyde Police are trying to identify him.

Parkhead bosses have contacted fans in surrounding seats, as well as supporters' clubs, to try to name the culprit. 

Another Celtic fan added: "We have no room for racist morons like this guy. He should be thrown out, no questions asked. 

"I was appalled he thought it was OK to make a fool of a man because of the colour of his skin."
Ged Grebby from charity Show Racism The Red Card said: "We are calling for a ban of between three and five years. 

"Nobody should have to see this. It is abhorrently racist." 

Strathclyde Police said: "Inappropriate behaviour of a racist, sectarian or any other nature will not be tolerated." 

And Celtic added: "The club will take the strongest appropriate action."

Celtic fans pledge support of Colonel Gaddafi's murdering regime

Many Celtic fans were vocal in their support on message forums on the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi. Celtic fans like the one pictured below even paid tribute to the murdering regime by having their Celtic shirts emblazoned with name of Libya leader Colonel Gaddafi.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Celtic coach Alan Thompson given drink-drive ban

Celtic coach Alan Thompson has been banned from driving for 16 months and fined £600 after he admitted drink-driving following an Old Firm game.
The 37-year-old was stopped by police on Kirkintilloch Road, Bishopbriggs, on the morning of 25 October last year.
Glasgow Justice of the Peace Court heard he had been out drinking the previous night after Celtic had lost 3-1 to Rangers at Celtic Park.
Thompson has a previous conviction for drink-driving dating back to 1996.
The court was told that officers pulled over Thompson's Range Rover and he was arrested after he failed a roadside breath test.
'Deep regret'
He was also originally charged with using his mobile phone while driving but prosecutors accepted his plea of not guilty to that charge.
Defence advocate Paul McBride QC told the court that Thompson was ashamed of and deeply regretted deciding to drive that day.
Sentencing the former midfielder, Stipendiary Magistrate Robin Christie told Thompson that he would be allowed to drive again after 12 months if he completed a drink-driver awareness course.
Thompson returned to Celtic last summer as part of Neil Lennon's backroom team.
He played a pivotal role in the Celtic team that reached the Uefa Cup Final in Seville in 2003.
He later played for Leeds United and was on the coaching staff of Newcastle United before returning to Celtic.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Public money was used by Jim Devine to fly to Celtic games, aide reveals

JIM DEVINE used public money to fund flights to see Celtic play in the Champions League - by claiming he was on constituency business.

The shamed MP travelled north for glamour midweek games in Glasgow, telling Parliamentary bosses that he had vital meetings to attend.

Former office manager Marion Kinley said: "Devine would fly up for Celtic midweek matches between 2006 and 2008.

"He would come up on Wednesday and fly back on the Thursday morning.

"MPs should have been at Westminster so Devine would make up an excuse that he had constituency business or kid on he was going to a funeral.

"And during the parliamentary recess, he would make an excuse to fly to London so that he could get a cheaper flight to go away on holiday."

Devine also made sure his staff did not benefit from the cash he was claiming on their behalf.
While he claimed £250 a month in expenses for petty cash for the office, he was so mean he didn't pay for tea and coffee for the staff.

Devine - who has a 2000 conviction for drink-driving - also claimed more than £10,000 in mileage while Marion was acting as his chauffeur. But he handed her just £60.

Marion, 47, said: "When I first started working for him, it was during recess. I would be driving him almost seven days a week, taking him to gala days at the weekend.

"The procedure was for mileage claims to be paid in MPs' accounts and they signed a form agreeing to pay the money to the person whose car it was.

"He was claiming hundreds of pounds a month for mileage and all I ever received was £60 for petrol.

"I think he saw me driving him about - and the costs I incurred - as part of my duties.

"The money went straight into the account and I never saw the money.

"I would tell him my car didn't run on fresh air and he would say, 'F*** off, I pay you enough'."

In March 2008, Devine persuaded a friend to call Marion pretending to be a freelance journalist looking into MPs' expenses. She is still bemused as to the reasons for the hoax.

Devine did not even try to cover his tracks and Marion discovered an email he had sent to the woman to set up the ruse.

Marion, who as office manager had access to the email account, went into an immediate state of shock and took time off for stress.

She said: "To this day, I can't understand why he did that. Maybe it was to avoid giving me a wage rise."

In her absence, Devine made up a series of lies about her. She said: "He told the rest of the office staff that I was being investigated by the police for making fraudulent claims.

"The office staff were embarrassed because they knew I was off work with stress. He then told people that I had a gambling addiction.

"But my colleagues knew I have only had a bet on the Grand National.

"I think he saw me as a female version of him."

Marion tried to return to work in October 2008 but Devine suspended her over allegations she had made false claims. She eventually quit in May 2009.

She also believes that her being on sick leave may have led Devine to claiming thousands of pounds in fraudulent expenses.

She said: "When I was off sick, he was not able to claim the miles I drove. That income stopped for him.
"He was down £300 or £400 a month and had to get the money from somewhere."

Marion won her fight to prove she had been unfairly dismissed by Devine last October and is still trying to get the £35,000 she was awarded against him.

Meanwhile, Devine will be sentenced in a month after being found guilty last week of two charges of false accounting. He could face a prison term of up to seven years.

Marion said last night: "I take no great pleasure from him facing jail. But he has got himself into this situation.
"It is incredible that a man of his age could be so stupid and arrogant."

Devine was found guilty of a charge that he got somebody else to complete three invoices from a cleaning company for £360, £360 and £2160.

The receipts, which he copied from one original blank invoice, were submitted by Devine to the Parliamentary authorities between 2008 and 2009.

The jury also found him guilty of asking printing company Armstrong to mark two invoices "received with thanks", to indicate he had paid for orders.

However, he never handed over any cash for the two ghost orders, worth £2400 and £3105.
Instead, Devine pocketed the money after submitting the receipts to the fees office between March and April 2009.

The jury cleared him of a third charge relating to £360 that he sought to pay a cleaner.

During the trial, Devine attempted to evade justice by blaming Marion.

He even accused her of forging his signature to pay herself a bonus of £5000.

She said: "I feel a tiny bit of sympathy. But if he had his way, it would have been me standing in that dock.

"He would have seen me go to prison to save his own skin. I have to think that he got what he deserved."
Disgraced MP could lose home

Shamed Jim Devine faces a bankruptcy order that could see him lose his home.

Marion Kinley has applied for a sequestration order after he failed to pay money awarded to her for unfair dismissal.

An employment tribunal awarded her £35,000 last October for breach of contract and unfair dismissal after Devine "bullied and harassed" her.

But Devine failed to pay the money.

Marion could have moved to have Devine sequestrated but rejected that idea because she didn't want to see him lose his house.

But she failed to have his £30,000 House of Commons "golden goodbye" pay-off seized by bailiffs.

It had been frozen pending the outcome of Devine and other MPs' trials.

The sequestration order hearing is to be heard later this month.

Marion said: "It is my only option left. I have exhausted all other avenues."

Meanwhile, a decision on whether Devine should keep his "golden goodbye" could be made by MPs tomorrow.



Jim Devine was one of the MP's behind the disturbing and vile campaign to have Jock Stein awarded posthumous knighthood.

Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland); 11/7/1998; McILWRAITH, GORDON
JOCK Stein and the Celtic board covered up allegations made against Boys' Club founder Jim Torbett, 

Mr Birt said: "There was a lot of hearsay and it wasn't until Jim came back that I got involved because things started up again."

He told how he took the allegations against Torbett to the Celtic board and Stein and even told the then vice-chairman, Kevin Kelly, about them at a meeting in his car.

He said: "Although there were people who spoke to me I couldn't go to the police without actual proof of the allegations. When I joined as chairman, I was told by Jock Stein to keep the name of Celtic Football Club clean at all times."

Scotland on Sunday 18/08/1996

Celtic Boys' Club appealed to the dreams of a generation of football hopefuls, but they have only made the tabloids in a seamy tale of manipulation and abuse, report AUDREY GILLAN and RON McKAY

IT ALL begins in a shrine, the walls adorned with artefacts and relics, all carefully arranged and devoutly displayed, past which the faithful shuffled and nourished their own dreams of immortality.

Here, paradise seemed tangible, just a short trip away. But the changing faces who gaped in awe at this display of devotion were gullible young boys who worshipped a team. They stared at the display of shirts and photographs, testimonials and autographs and believed the man who told them that they could look down from the window, across the city to the football ground in the East End and take all that lay before them.

Jim Torbett was 20 when he set up Celtic Boys' Club in 1966, seeking permission from the then manager Jock Stein to use the team's name. He was only a few years older than the lads who trooped through his living room. Boys who left believing, as he did, in dreams, certain that they were special, marked out for fame. Now 30 years on, those dreams have become nightmares for some, grown men marked forever by the shy but enthusiastic man who took them to the heights and then the depths.

John McCluskey is, in the unimpeachable judgment of former Celtic star Charlie Nicholas, the best young player he ever saw. Last week, McCluskey -who has fought drink, addiction and his own demons - was sitting in an upmarket Glasgow hotel, sipping cappuccino and waiting to make a statement to police that Torbett had sexually assaulted him. He had been so badly affected by the Dunblane massacre, he said, that he felt he had to make a stand.

Just two days before, the Daily Record had spread across five pages allegations that the boys' club founder had abused him. His allegation was supported by Ally Brazil, the former Ipswich and Spurs striker, another graduate of the Celtic academy, who claimed that Torbett kissed and fondled him when he was only 14. Within hours of the story hitting the streets, and the newspaper setting up its abuse hotline, dozens of calls had come in and another man - Frank Cairney, the man who had been brought in by Jock Stein to get rid of the smears and innuendoes which for years had hung around the boys' club - was also being named as an abuser.

Whispers that something was not quite right with Celtic Boys' Club had been around since its inception. Some boys passed through the
ranks unscathed, ducking slaps on the bum and over-enthusiastic spongings when they lay injured on the pitch. But others are alleged
to have suffered at the hands of a man who abused his position in pursuit of paedophile perversions. It seemed some of the weaker boys, those with less skill, less certain of a place on the first team, those with less parental guidance, became easy prey. They would be enticed back to Torbett's house with promises of meals and ice cream and sometimes less innocent pursuits would follow.

When Fergus McCann finally arrived in the halo of television lights at Parkhead in 1994 he knew that he faced a formidable task: rebuilding a stadium, a team and the belief of a support which had seen years of failed promises and dismal performance. What he did not expect -by way of an anonymous letter sent to him almost as soon as he was through the door - was a disturbing report of years of abuse at the boys' club. Officially, the club was entirely separate from Celtic but McCann appreciated that it was inextricably bound to Parkhead in the minds of the public, and indeed in the hearts of some of the players and former players - like Peter Grant, Paul McStay
and Tommy Burns - who had graduated from it to the big time of professional football.

McCann quickly went about trying to establish the truth, or not, of the accusations. He called in Jim Torbett and asked him to meet Celtic's lawyers and confirm or deny, in an affidavit which could be passed to the police, the accusations. Torbett repeatedly refused.

He asked Ally Brazil and John McCluskey to make their allegations formal. Brazil refused at that stage. McCluskey agreed, but only if his statement was not passed to the police.

Ironically, McCann was playing out, more than three years on, a sad little tableau which had occurred at Parkhead under the old regime, ruled over by the Kelly and White families. In 1991 the boys' club had been to Kearney, New Jersey - an annual tour to the Irish part of the state with players staying at the homes of Catholic families -and one boy, no longer at Celtic but now a professional player in Scotland, had alleged to his hosts and to his own family that he had been assaulted by the team's general manager, Frank Cairney.

The boy's father took him to Celtic Park to have it out with Liam Brady who was then only months in the job as team manager. The club's chief scout John Kelman was also present.

It was Brady's first serious and most affecting problem in a troubled time at Parkhead which did not last long. He listened to the boy, believed him, and insisted to the board that Cairney had to be removed, not only from the boys' club but from any association with the main football club. So, overnight, the man who was used to having his run of the place and the ear of the management, was cast out.

It was agreed, by Brady, the boy and his parents and the then Celtic board, that the police would not be informed. The young player was assured that the alleged incident would have no effect on his future career at the club. However, signed statements were taken by Celtic's lawyers from the four adults who had been on the New Jersey trip. All were sworn to silence.Cairney was now away from the football club and its nursery - business commitments was the given reason - but Jim Torbett was backplaying a major role, first as a fund-raiser then back with the boys' club. Torbett had maintained his connections with Celtic. Pre-McCann board member Kevin Kelly, still honorary president of the boys' club, is a fellow director of Torbett's company The Trophy Centre, and current board member Jack McGinn is an employee.

It is not clear why a man widely regarded as a child abuser was allowed back into a position of responsibility at the boys' club. Torbett had been kicked out in 1976 after being confronted by the committee and, according to Frank Cairney's account of the meeting, had broken down in tears and confessed. He was then summoned to a meeting with Jock Stein, at the end of which the big man physically kicked him out of the door. And just to ensure that the boys' club stayed clean the legendary Celtic manager brought in another man, Hugh Birt, as chairman of its committee.

Birt claims he was concerned about the behaviour of both Cairney and Torbett - who wheedled his way back in after Stein's death - and raised the matter with the club. Before he knew it Birt was asked to resign. When he stood his ground and refused, he says, Celtic withdrew his ticket to the directors' box and he had no option but to get out.

In spite of all these troubles, the boys' club, from humble beginnings in a hall in Maryhill, had become a great success and was now seen as a crucial feeder of players for the senior club. It used Celtic's training ground at Barrowfield for coaching and matches and became one of the country's most successful nurseries: its more famous graduates include current manager Tommy Burns, George McCluskey, Roy Aitken, Charlie Nicholas, Paul McStay, and of the present side Peter Grant and Simon Donnelly.

But although the boys' club was hugely successful, rumours still continued to surround it. Former players began to talk to the press, although none would go on record or make a formal complaint to the police. The New Jersey incident in 1991 was successfully managed by the club and it seemed that nothing tangible would ever be proved. And then, in 1994, the new regime swept into Celtic Park and the rumours flared up again. This time, the chairman was determined that nothing should be kicked under the carpet.

As McCann's investigation got under way, a lone Celtic fanatic Gerry McSherry, who resented the arrival of the new board, appeared
on a radio programme to question the transfer of a young player. Within days he had received a number of calls suggesting untoward behaviour in the boys club. After months of investigation, McSherry began touting what he called the Paedo Files round various newspapers and television companies and claims now to be under contract to the Record.

Last week, as the story developed from allegations against Torbett - who was suspended from the boys' club six days ago - to claims that Cairney fondled boys as they sat in the front seat of his car, many men with long associations with the club began to grow uneasy.

Former players backed Big Frank whom they knew as a "father figure" and Burns rushed out to Cairney's terraced home in Viewpark, Lanarkshire, after receiving a call from the man he considers a close friend. Leaving his house the manager was reported to have said: "He [Cairney] has the whole of my backing and that of Celtic Football Club to a man."

The following morning Burns must have been wishing he had bitten his tongue. Incandescent at his manager's assumption that the club would back Cairney, McCann issued a statement. "While I sympathise with Tommy Burns' personal position as a friend of Mr Cairney, the club cannot condone or defend or take sides in a matter which involves a criminal complaint," he said.

Burns himself claimed that he had been misquoted and what he had in fact said was: "He has my backing and I'm sure he will have the backing of several members of the first team who played for Frank at under-16 level."

Meanwhile, the allegations against Torbett went unchallenged. After hiding out at the east end home of William and Andrew Gilbert - two young men who had played for the boys' club - he is said to have left the country. Yesterday, their mother Susan said that Torbett was a close family friend - they sometimes travelled abroad with him and the boys' club - and that the allegations made against him were rubbish.

DCI John Boyd at London Road police station, who has four officers investigating the allegations, said that his team had been taking calls from a number of people who had not gone through the Daily Record. He added that the inquiry was at an early stage and that no arrests were imminent.

At Celtic Park, the management is trying to keep its head down and stop the scandal interfering with play. Footballers like Peter Grant and Tosh McKinlay - who came through the boys' club route - have nothing to say on the record. And the boy who made the complaint against Cairney? He's playing his cards close to his chest. The chants from the terraces and jibes from his opponents would no doubt be too much to take.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Celtic star Spat on trainee barrister

CHRIS SUTTON, the former Chelsea footballer, was fined £300 yesterday after being found guilty of twice spitting in the face of a trainee barrister.

The player, now with Glasgow Celtic, was fined on two charges of common assault and ordered to pay costs of £200 with £200 compensation to Richard Partridge, 25.

Horseferry Road magistrates' court, central London, was told that Sutton and nine friends went to a Soho restaurant to celebrate his wife's birthday last October. As they left at 3am Sutton, 27, of Sarratt, Herts, bumped into Helen McNamara, 23. Mr Partridge was with Ms McNamara. It was alleged that someone called out to the football party that one was a "third-string player".

Mr Partridge said that Sutton became abusive: "This went on for no more than 30 seconds. Then he spat at my face. He spat dead centre on my face, my nose."

He had not wanted to provoke anything because Sutton was a foot taller. Mr Partridge said: "I began to walk away and the next thing I knew Chris Sutton started walking towards me. He came up to me and said, 'If you have got something to say to me, say it to my face,' and he spat at me in the face again."

Sutton told the court that he had drunk two glasses of wine. He said: "As I left to come down the steps I stumbled into a lady and apologised on more than one occasion. The lady didn't seem happy with an apology. I then continued to walk down the steps and there were some words from a group."
Lewis Power, defending, said: "There is always someone looking to take a pot shot at someone famous."

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Celtic fan Spits on Goalkeeper

SPINELESS SFA chiefs will take NO action over the Tynecastle mayhem which shamed Scottish football on Sunday.

A TV audience watched in disbelief as Celtic keeper Rab Douglas was struck on the head by a coin and Hearts goalie Craig Gordon was gobbed on.

But the beaks will ignore both incidents because they haven’t been mentioned in ref Kenny Clark’s match report ? despite SFA chief David Taylor demanding tougher action to stamp out yob fans in football.

SFA disciplinary chief Drew Herbertson said: “We have received the misconduct report and there was no mention of the coin-throwing incident. All that was mentioned in the report were the cautions incurred during the game so there will be no action by the SFA.

“Hearts are keenly aware of the measures they need to take in terms of their supporters.”

Just 24 hours earlier Taylor had insisted it was time to take a hard line, saying: “These matters are viewed very seriously. We need to make it clear it is not acceptable at any level.”

One Celtic fan has already owned up to the club and had his season ticket suspended indefinitely following the disgusting attack ? but Herbertson insists that is a matter between the club and their supporter.

He said: “That matter was not the subject of a report here and clubs are responsible for their own supporters. They will no doubt be keen to avoid things like this happening.

“I suspect this will be a matter between Celtic and the supporter. These days clubs investigate incidents to some degree and will decide what action should be taken.”

A Celtic official said: “While we utterly condemn the behaviour of this supporter, we appreciate the honesty he has shown in making contact with the club to apologise.

“He is thoroughly ashamed of his behaviour at the match and has requested the opportunity to apologise to Craig Gordon in person and to representatives of Hearts.”

With the Scottish Cup return between the two clubs at Tynecastle looming on February 7 players union secretary Fraser Wishart has admitted he fears for his players ? and Hearts ? if there is any repeat.

He joined calls for fairminded fans to shop the yobs and pointed out: “They are running the risk of forcing the club behind closed doors and you can imagine the financial implications of that.

“You have to ask fair- minded fans to identify the culprits.

“These people have to be weeded out. We don’t want them in the game because its image is low enough as it is.”

As a Motherwell player Wishart saw team-mate John Philliben smacked by a coin during a game against Rangers.

Then when he switched to Ibrox he was on the bench when keeper Ally Maxwell was attacked by a fan at Parkhead.

He knows the dangers when the yobs are at work and said: “The re-emergence of coin-throwing is very worrying.

“You only have to look at the damage caused to Hugh Dallas when he was hit on the BACK of the head.

“If it hits a player in the eye you are threatening his entire career.

“I have to say that players take a lot of criticism but you have to look at how Rab Douglas handled that whole incident.

“He made no drama of it and conducted himself superbly.”


Daily Record

Apr 9 2010 Hugh Keevins

Petta:Lennon knows he can't afford another Caley disaster

BOBBY PETTA was ordered to stay in Celtic's dressing room as emotions ran high outside.

Then Petta was told it would only be safe to leave for his car if he was flanked by two burly security guards.

That still didn't prevent the midfielder being booed and spat at by disgusted fans as they tried to come to terms with Celtic losing to Inverness Caley Thistle in the Scottish Cup.

Ten years on the memory is still fresh for Petta - who didn't even play the night Celtic were humiliated and John Barnes' card was marked for dismissal.

Now Petta's back in Glasgow ready for Hampden tomorrow and the latest clash between Celtic and Highland opposition.

And past experience tells him the game with Ross County has the potential to be a ticking bomb for his former team-mate Neil Lennon.

Petta said: "If Celtic win the Cup it strengthens Lenny's chance of getting the manager's job.

"If he loses to a First Division side then there's a problem - that should never happen to a club like Celtic.

"But if Ross County don't believe they can cause an upset then they shouldn't bother making the journey down from Dingwall.

"They have the example of Inverness to inspire them.

"And I can see similarities between what's happening at Celtic now and the way the club was a decade ago."
Petta was signed by Barnes and had a first season to forget at Celtic Park.

But when the Caley result meant an immediate sacrifice in the manager's office Martin O'Neill came in and transformed the player's fortunes.

He said: "My last club was Sydney in Australia. And I would get people coming up to me in the street on the other side of the world from Glasgow and telling me I had given them the happiest day of their lives.

"They were talking about the first Old Firm game we played under Martin as manager.

"Celtic won 6-2 and I had a big day up against Fernando Ricksen who was taken off in the first half.

"That's the flipside of being with a club like Celtic and having fans so passionate. One minute you're running to your car with minders, the next you're a hero. It's frightening when you're on the way down and thrilling when you're moving in the opposite direction.

"Lenny knows all about that side of life in Glasgow. It shows great character on his part to live in the city and want to be Celtic's manager when he's had so many well-publicised problems."

Petta's previous brush with humiliation - being an unused sub on the night Caley Thistle won 3-1 at Celtic Park - has given him an insight into what he'd like to see Celtic do at Hampden tomorrow.

He said: "They must set their stall out early and go for quick goals to make sure there will be no embarrassment.

"A new manager's all about a fresh start for everyone and Celtic have to dominate the opposition on that big park at Hampden."

Petta well remembers the fans' reactions 10 years ago.

He said: "My abiding memory of what was the worst night of my life is the way emotions ran so high. It wasn't a nice night for anyone associated with the club.

"Anything's possible in cup football. But Lenny's started off with two wins out of two.

"I don't think he'll have to be as quick to his car as I was after the cup -tie I'll never forget."

Celtic Fans in Spit on rival Manager
FORMER Rangers striker Mark Hateley has called on Celtic supporters to shop the idiots who shamed their club by spitting on Paul Le Guen.
The new Ibrox manager was given a harsh introduction to the bitter rivalries that can afflict the Scottish game as he left Tynecastle on Sunday.
Naively, perhaps, he swung a left on McLeod Street and wandered alongside departing Celtic fans on the way to his vehicle in the Hearts car park.
He was spat upon twice as the Hoops support, still smarting from their side's 2-1 defeat, took exception to the presence of the Frenchman in their midst.
Most Celtic followers condemned such behaviour on fan websites such as The Huddleboard on Sunday night.
Hateley knows what it is like to be targeted by rival fans. He was assaulted outside Pittodrie after a 2-2 draw 12 years ago as he signed autographs for a group …

Celtic Fans in Spit Shame
RANGERS manager Paul Le Guen was confronted by rival fans after attending the Hearts v Celtic match at Tynecastle on Sunday, police have said.
The Frenchman was verbally abused by supporters as he left the ground after Hearts' 2-1 win.

Police said they received reports of an incident involving the coach, who joined the Glasgow club in the summer.

It was reported yesterday that the manager was spat at, had his windscreen obscured and was flashed at by a Celtic fan.

He was said to have been spotted by Celtic supporters, who had just seen their team lose 2-1, near a school on McLeod Street which is used as a car park on matchdays.

Le Guen, who was reportedly with his assistant Yves Colleau and other members of his staff, was understood to have then been verbally abused by a group of fans.

It was reported a newspaper was thrust across his windscreen as he tried to drive away after a fan spat at him.

A supporter was reported to have then exposed himself to the former Lyon coach.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Police confirmed that officers attended an incident at the stadium's car park after the game, and said Le Guen was subjected to "banter and backchat".

She added no complaint had been received and by the time officers arrived Le Guen had gone.

A spokeswoman for Rangers declined to comment, as did a spokesman for Celtic.

A spokeswoman for Hearts said the club had no precise details of the incident, and as it did not happen inside Tynecastle Stadium there are no plans to investigate. 

Celtic star in Spit Shame

MARK VIDUKA'S best friend last night revealed the Celtic striker was nearly in tears after last Saturday's East End Park spitting shame.

Krunoslav Jurcic spoke to his former Croatia Zagreb team-mate on Monday after he saw red for gobbing at Dunfermline's Marc Millar.

And the 12 times-capped Croatian international revealed that Aussie Viduka was embarrassed by the incident.

Jurcic said: "Marko phoned me and kept saying how sorry he was for what he did. He was very disappointed and very emotional.

"Marko feels very sad because he knows that it was a stupid thing for him to do. He also knows he has brought shame on the club and himself."

Viduka was hammered with a pounds 20,000 club fine on Tuesday after issuing an apology and now faces a lengthy SFA ban.

The midfielder added: "I don't know why he did that because he's a very good person. He's a good player who is trying to prove himself at Celtic and he feels very bad about what he did.

"He didn't lose his temper very easily when he was playing for Croatia Zagreb. That was the first time Marko has done something like that."

Jurcic also revealed that Viduka was even more depressed when Pars man Millar snubbed his apology.

He said: "Marko felt like crying when the other player did not shake his hand. That made him feel very bad."

Jurcic insists that Viduka is mentally tough enough to battle back from the incident and believes the Celtic supporters have a major role to play in lifting his spirits.

He said: "The Celtic support must forgive Marko because he is only human. This is not that important and should not affect his career at Parkhead."

Meanwhile, Lubomir Moravcik is set to boost Celts by making a long-awaited return to action.

The Hoops have been rocked by the news that Jackie McNamara is ruled out of the Scottish Cup Final but the 33-year-old Slovak ace is in line for a comeback against Aberdeen on Saturday.

And he could be joined by Dutchman Regi Blinker as Celtic prepare for their showdown against Rangers on May 29.

Parkhead physio Brian Scott said: "Lubo is increasing his training significantly and hopefully he and Regi can be involved in some part of the game."

Playmaker Moravcik's influence has been missed by the Parkhead side in his 10-week absence with a hamstring injury.

Now they hope he can link again with top scorer Henrik Larsson as Celtic bid to end the season on a high note at Hampden.

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