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Celtic win but Lennon again put at risk

Celtic bridged the gap with Rangers to one point last night but the wellbeing of boss Neil Lennon was again put to the test. The Hoops produced a 3-0 win away at Heart of Midlothian with Lennon being attacked by a fan who raced out of the main stand at Tynecastle and launched himself at the unsuspecting manager.

A fracas ensued with police coming to Lennon's rescue and taking the man before some violence erupted in the stands between Celtic supports and stewards and police.

However, the main thing was that the Hoops got the victory they needed to stay in the Premiership race with one match remaining.

Gary Hooper kicked things off in the 12th minute when he received a neat pass from Kris Commons after he dispossessed Marius Zaliukas and the former Scunthorpe United man slotted home to make it 1-0.

Just after the half-hour mark, Hearts were reduced to ten men when David Obua was shown a red card for raising a hand to Celtic's Charlie Muglrew and that just gave the visitors the incentive to score a second.

Again it was Hooper, this time four minutes into the second half, who prodded home from 12 yards after being set up by Ki Sung-Yeung. This is when the incident with the fan occurred sending the atmosphere of the match into an almost ugly riot.

But sanity soon prevailed and Celtic were on the attack again when Commons hit a low drive from 12 yards before receiving a second yellow for leaving the field during his celebration.

Although the match was soon complete, it seems as though there will be plenty to talk about in the aftermath as Scottish football again overstepped the line.

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Andrew Slevison
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