Ebene News – GB – Neil Lennon and Celtic support for Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer after racist abuse letter

CELTIC director Neil Lennon was shocked by the racist abuse directed at Kilmarnock director Alex Dyer in a letter

Killie is working with Police Scotland to identify those involved in sending the letter to Rugby Park club following the 2-1 home loss to Livingston on Boxing Day

“I find it shocking these days that a man of his caliber and reputation has to put up with any kind of racism

“I know him personally, he is one of the best. I want him to be successful in Kilmarnock as much as anyone else

“I think he’s a good football player and I think he’s good for the game here. We want this to be eradicated

“Kilmarnock came out and supported him very strongly which is great to see, and he has our full support from all Celtic members”

Chief Inspector Nathan Calderwood said: “We have been made aware of an offensive communication and investigations into the matter are ongoing”

Meanwhile, Celtic boss Lennon has described the late former Dundee United boss Jim McLean as a footballing giant as Celtic prepared to host the Tannadice squad on Wednesday

The Tayside club are in mourning following the death of their winning boss on Boxing Day at the age of 83

McLean, who spent 22 years as United manager starting in 1971, led the Terrors to their only league championship in 1983 and made them a force in Europe, reaching the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1984 and the UEFA Cup final in 1987 , beating Barcelona at home and away on his way to the latter

Hoops boss Lennon said: “I grew up around that time on 13/14 and you had the new firm of Aberdeen and Dundee United as well as Celtic and Rangers and he was a giant

“His Dundee United team were among the best of all generations in Scottish football

“I remember they beat Barcelona and I also remember being very disappointed to lose the UEFA Cup final to Gothenburg

“But an incredible feat and they won the league He was a giant, really smart, a great footballer

“I got to talk to him a few years ago, I called him and I think he thought someone was taking the mickey

“I was at Hibs at the time and asked him for a little advice, but he was a little hesitant to come forward because he didn’t know if it was me or not

“But a huge loss, especially for Dundee United as he was the greatest manager they’ve ever had within a mile of country and some of the players and teams he produced were out of this world”

Following the final game of 2020 against United, Lennon’s side will face Rangers at Ibrox on January 2, the 50th anniversary of the Ibrox disaster

Following a meeting with Old Firm that ended 1-1, 66 fans died and around 200 were injured in a crush on Staircase 13

“An absolute tragedy I was in Ibrox a few years ago and it was one of the most moving moments of my time here when we laid a wreath on the ground

“So that will never be forgotten We think of families who have lost (loved ones), who go to a football game and don’t come back, I can’t think of anything worse really”

Kilmarnock FC, Alex Dyer, Scottish Premiership, Motherwell FC

Ebene News – GB – Neil Lennon and Celtic back Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer after letter of racist abuse

Source: https://www.irishnews.com/sport/footballsoccer/2020/12/30/news/neil-lennon-and-celtic-support-for-kilmarnock-manager-alex-dyer-after-racist-abuse-letter-2172931/