Monday 16 December 2019

Lennon: Kayal uproar just a bit of 'mischief'

Beram Kayal of Celtic
Beram Kayal of Celtic

Neil Lennon will deal with Beram Kayal for his controversial quotes about Rangers skipper Lee McCulloch and Scottish football – but only because his midfielder did not seek permission to give the interview.

The Israel international, speaking to a newspaper in his homeland earlier in the week, claimed McCulloch was a dirty player who deliberately injured him during an Old Firm encounter at Celtic Park in 2011, with the 25-year-old consequently spending several months on the sidelines.

It was also reported that Kayal claimed there is a "lack of technique" in the Scottish game.

However, the Hoops boss, ahead of today's trip to Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership, put the controversy down to "mischief-making" within the Scottish media.

"Having spoken to him and seen parts of the interview, I do believe there has been a bit of mischief-making on this side of the continent," he said.

"However, he did it without my consent so I am obviously not pleased with that and he knows that and he will be dealt with.

"I think those quotes about the league were entirely misconstrued. I know it is an easy excuse, but I think he has a valid argument in this."

The former Celtic skipper has also had to deal with Leigh Griffiths, who was issued with a notice of complaint by the Scottish Football Association this week for "singing in public about Hearts in administration".

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