Lennon: Two held in bomb probe, man faces court over attack
Published 10:05 12/05/11 By MirrorFootball
Strathclyde police are questioning two men in connection with a probe into parcel bombs sent to Celtic manager Neil Lennon.
The pair, aged 43 and 41, were held after dawn raids in Kilwinning, Ayrshire, which is in the south west of Scotland. A police southwest Scotland.
A spokeswoman said the detentions were "significant".
The news comes as a 26-year-old man prepares to face Edinburgh Sheriff Court today in connection with an attempted attack on Lennon at last night's win over Hearts.
After Gary Hooper scored his second goal in the 49th minute, a supporter came out of the main stand and made straight for Lennon, sparking a fracas which also involved first-team coach Alan Thompson, police and stewards.
The intruder was marched up the tunnel by police and arrested, but Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan and his Scottish Premier League counterpart Neil Doncaster will meet today to discuss how the incident was allowed to occur, while Hearts have opened a full investigation.
Lennon's assistant Johan Mjallby and Hearts boss Jim Jefferies said they would not blame him from walking away from the game in Scotland.
Mjallby said: "He is a strong character, he has coped with much. The backroom staff are desperate for him to continue but no-one could blame him if he decided not to.
"I would never blame him whatever he does. I'm shocked and Neil must be even more afraid. What if he (the supporter) had something in his hand?
"But it is too early to say how Neil will react. I am shocked myself, I see it on television all over the world but I haven't seen it myself.
"We all have to look into this, a manager should be secure inside a football ground."
Jefferies also believes Lennon might get fed up with the game if the problems continue.
He said: "For what he has had to contend with, I wouldn't blame him for walking away."