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Rangers fan Allan McCormack sentenced for Neil Lennon Facebook threat

A Rangers fan who said he wanted the Celtic manager to be bombed because he did not like him has been given a six month community payback order.

Allan McCormack, 25, posted the message "Bomb Neil Lennon, bomb him now" on a Facebook page following an Old Firm game on 29 March last year.

He admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner after being caught by police who were monitoring websites.

As part of the order, McCormack will carry out 150 hours of unpaid work

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that Strathclyde Police's violence reduction unit were involved in an inquiry into online hate messages directed at Mr Lennon.

'No excuse'

Whilst monitoring social networking sites, the phrase "Bomb Neil Lennon, bomb him now" was discovered.

Officers were able to establish McCormack as a suspect, and telephoned him in August last year.

McCormack volunteered to go to the police station for an interview, where he made admissions about the message.

The court was told McCormack claimed to police that he had been drunk when he posted the message at 02:00, the day after his birthday. However, he accepted that was not an excuse.

He told police that the posting was in response to a Rangers versus Celtic Scottish Cup game at Celtic park.

'Highly inflammatory'

McCormack said he did not like the way Neil Lennon, the Celtic manager, had conducted himself that day and that he does not like Mr Lennon generally.

The court heard McCormack is an "avid Rangers supporter" and often attends games.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Charles McFarlane QC told him: "The message you posted on the Facebook social networking site, which the public had access to, was highly inflammatory and totally unacceptable."

He added: "Mr Lennon does not, however, appear to have been directly aware of this particular matter, which was brought to light as a result of active policing following upon incidents whereby he and others had serious threats made to their safety."

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