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Celtic boss Lennon backs under-fire Scotland manager Levein

Celtic manager Neil Lennon feels criticism of Scotland's Craig Levein is unwarranted.

The national team boss has been under fire for recent performances which has seen Scotland record two draws from their opening two 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

The Scottish players were heckled by fans at Hampden Park during their draws with Serbia and Macedonia with Levein also copping plenty of flak in the media but Lennon is of the belief that the treatment they have received is fairly harsh.

"I feel for him a little bit," Lennon said.

"But he is big enough and strong enough and he is trying to do the right thing and play the right way.

"My own thoughts are that some of these people take personal issues and make it public through a newspaper and that's not the right place or time to do that.

"Certainly some of the stuff I read was pretty crass, way off the mark and uneducated and just basically some of it is having a go for the sake of having a go.

"It is a bit of a knee-jerk reaction. I think we fly off the handle very quickly."

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