Celtic manager Neil Lennon has denied any sort of bust-up with legendary captain Scott Brown several weeks ago.
The Hoops boss was speaking after being asked about a rumour that was doing the rounds regarding a falling-out. Subsequently, he wasn’t best pleased with the idea either.
Celtic suffered a real set-back when they were knocked out of the Champions League by CFR Cluj. It sent many supporters into a rage at the team and backroom staff. Brown also accidentally liked a post criticising Lennon on Twitter, but it was evident the captain didn’t mean to do so.
And Lennon moved to calm any fears over his relationship with Brown too. In comments to the Daily Record, he slammed the rumours of any supposed argument with his main man.
“It was all true, oh aye. 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.”
The time for silly bust-up rumours are over
If you were to watch the scenes come full-time at Ibrox that Sunday, you would do well to believe there was any form of falling out between the pair. The duo embraced at full-time, and were clearly delighted with each other.
Many of us have been guilty of over-reacting to the Cluj result. I have myself, just like many in the support have. It was such a shockingly bad performance that criticism had to be pointed the way of the manager and the players.
However, their response has been simply magnificent. The criticism went way over the top, and talk of bringing in a new manager, for example, was ludicrous thinking.
Outside of that result, Celtic have had an incredibly powerful start to the season. Lennon, however, didn’t get anywhere near enough credit for the dismantling of AIK in Sweden. Fortunately, he’s getting the praise he deserves for doing the same to Rangers at Ibrox.
It’s funny how these rumours of big bust-ups happen at exactly the wrong time. Brown and Lennon have never shown anything but total admiration and love for each other. There’s a strong bond there, and it won’t be broken over one game of football.
Just the fact that Lennon has been choosing Brown regularly shows there’s nothing to worry about in their relationship, and that there’s certainly been no bust-up. And, hopefully, Brown’s good form continues at New Douglas Park on Saturday.