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Lennon threatens to quit Celtic after spat with fan

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Neil Lennon fired back at an abusive fan at Celtic Park © PA Photos
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Neil Lennon has offered to resign as Celtic manager after an angry confrontation with supporters following Saturday's 1-0 home defeat against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Lennon has won plaudits in this season's Champions League, most notably for beating Barcelona, yet it seems he may be willing to walk away from Celtic Park after being left infuriated by the anger vented by Bhoys followers at Parkhead.

"Look, if they are not happy with what I am doing and they want me to go, I will," stated an angry Lennon. "If the fans make it clear that they are not happy and they want me out then that's okay, I will do the honourable thing.

"I can't repeat it (what fans said) because it is public arena, but there were a lot of expletives and heavy criticism, which I didn't think was justified and [there was] a lack of patience with the team as well. They pay their money, they are allowed to say what they like. I've got my opinions on it and sometimes I give them as well."

Celtic have struggled to take control of the Scottish Premier League this season as their focus appears to have been trained on their European heroics, which included a stunning 2-1 victory against mighty Barcelona. Yet the suggestion that the popular Northern Irishman is ready to walk away from his 'dream job' will leave Celtic fans stunned.

"If there was a lack of application and commitment I would be the first to criticise the team, I didn't see that today but I did see a lack of composure and quality in the final third and that's what cost us," added Lennon.

"If I think [criticism] is justified then I don't have a problem with it, but I don't think it was justified. I am not happy with the league form, it is my team at the end of the day so I take the responsibility for it. It's not for the lack of trying to find the answers."

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