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Thursday, 5 May 2011

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The Scottish Premier League has defended its decision not to publish any photos of Celtic manager Neil Lennon's reactions to his side's shock 3-2 defeat at Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Wednesday night.

Chief Executive Neil Doncaster gave the reasons for the SPL's decision at a press conference this morning :

"All members on the executive board were unanimous in their determination not to release any photographs or film involving Glasgow Celtic manager Neil Francis Lennon during or after the SPL fixture at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium on Wednesday May 4th, 2011.

To do otherwise would have represented a blatant and insensitive breach of the man's privacy.

Whatever opinion one may have of the individual in question, it was not considered in the public interest to broadcast what was in effect the complete collapse of Mr Lennon's psyche".

An anonymous source at the SPL suggested that , when the Celtic party arrived at the ground just after 6pm, Lennon alighted from the team bus with an air of undoubted confidence and self belief.

When the final whistle sounded, however, the Bhoys' boss had metamorphosed into a frazzled, gibberish spouting wreck for whom even the most basic human action of shaking the opposing manager's hand was no longer within his capabilities.

A club official would not comment other than to confirm that "everyone at Celtic Football Club will provide the manager with all necessary support".

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