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YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT CELTIC CHARLIE; Lenny blasts Nicholas as clueless after legend's attack on Desmond.

Byline: Hugh Keevins

NEIL LENNON has launched a bitter attack on Celtic legend Charlie Nicholas and branded the former Scotland striker clueless.

The Hoops caretaker boss was left raging after media pundit Nicholas slaughtered Celtic's hierarchy for alleged mismanagement, claiming;

Dermot Desmond, Celtic's main shareholder, has been treating the club as his personal toy.

Club Chief Executive Peter Lawwell has tried to run the Parkhead outfit on the cheap.

Chairman John Reid's performance since taking office has been dismal.

But Lennon has a close relationship with billionaire Desmond and reacted angrily to Nicholas' outburst.

Lennon said: "I've been here 10 years and I've never seen Charlie walk in through the door.

"So what Charlie knows about this club I do not know.

"If he's criticising Dermot about his input into this club he doesn't have a clue what he's talking about. He must get all of his information second hand.

"How can he know what Dermot thinks about anything? He doesn't have a clue what's going on at this club.

"And I'm really annoyed that I have to give somebody like Charlie - who does nothing but bang away at Scottish football, bang away at Celtic - any press time at all when he's a negative force. It irks me.

"He's nothing but a destructive voice."

Lennon has built a strong bond woth Desmond over the years.

As a player Lennon once tried to take on the role of board baiter until the man who has the final say at Celtic Park pulled him to one side and reminded him about his manners.

Lennon said: "Celtic had lost the championship to Rangers on the final day of the season in 2005 and I came out in public and had a pop at the board for what I said was their lack of investment in the club. Then Dermot put me wise about a few things.

"My belief was that we'd slipped from the level we should have been at when I arrived at the club five years before.

"I came in the boom time when both halves of the Old Firm were spending millions on players.

"But now the money has gone and the quality of the game has diminished as a consequence."

That's why Lennon is leaping to Desmond's defence, out of a sense of reality rather than a fit of sycophancy.

He added: "You only have to look at what has happened to clubs like Leeds United and Portsmouth to know what can happen unless you're careful.

"Celtic could invest pounds 70million and still not make the Champions League if we met somebody like Arsenal in the qualifying round."

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