Fan tries to attack Celtic boss

by AFP on May 12, 2011

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon found himself at the centre of yet more unwanted attention as a fan tried to attack him during the Scottish Premier League match away to Hearts on Wednesday.

Gary Hooper had just put Celtic two goals in front at Tynecastle ground when a fan jumped out of the Hearts section of the main stand and headed for Lennon, stood on the touchline.

But stewards intervened and the supporter was eventually taken away by police in a match Celtic, second behind leaders and arch Glasgow rivals Rangers, needed to win to keep the title race alive with one more game of the season remaining.

Meanwhile the attempted assault on Lennon appeared to spark unrest among Celtic fans.

Last month police revealed Lennon was one of three prominent Celtic supporters to whom parcel bombs had been addressed.

Bullets were posted to Lennon earlier in the season and a suspicious package addressed to him was intercepted in March.

Historically, many leading football clubs in Scotland have drawn their support from either the Catholic or Protestant communities in the cities where they are based.

Most Celtic fans are drawn from Glasgow's Catholic community.

Lennon, a Catholic who received death threats while playing for Northern Ireland, where the majority of the population are Protestants, was also beaten up in a Glasgow street while on a night out in September 2008.