Neil Lennon last night insisted he is baffled by Nicola Sturgeon dragging Celtic into the Rangers Covid Five controversy.
The Parkhead gaffer feels his club have been treated differently to others by the Government during the coronavirus crisis.
Lennon believes there is hypocrisy over the treatment of Celtic compared to others.
And he questioned why Scotland’s First Minister mentioned Celtic when reacting to the news five Rangers players had been caught by police at an illegal party.
Sturgeon called for the whole of Scottish football to get “its house in order” and said: “I don’t care whether it’s Celtic, Rangers, or any other club, it’s not on, so please stop breaking the rules.”
Lennon was particularly incensed that the First Minister mentioned his club when dealing with a Rangers protocol breach.
He said: “There just seemed to be a different tack to when she was speaking about us.
“The fact she brought us into the answer sort of baffled me as well.
“I think we as a club have been treated differently from other clubs and other parts of society as well.
“I said all I needed to say after Dubai. I said it smacked of hypocrisy and I am not changing from that.
“That is all I am going to say about it.”
Celtic and Aberdeen had games postponed at the start of the season after harsh warnings from Sturgeon following Boli Bolingoli’s trip to Spain and eight Dons players being caught out having dinner.
When asked if it was odd that Celtic and Aberdeen had games postponed while other offences have gone unpunished in a similar manner, Lennon said: “Odd? Hypocritical. I could use a lot of words.
“But I’m not going to because I don’t want the story to be about me.
“I have come out and called it as I saw it. And people have thrown all sorts back at me.
“But my conscience was clear at the time and still is.
“And I don’t want to take the government on again, but you can tell there is a bit of discontent there.”
Last month, the Parkhead boss spoke out vehemently in defence of his squad after the club were criticised by Holyrood for their ill-fated training camp in the Middle east despite having been given permission to go.
Lennon also echoed Livingston’s boss David Martindale’s unease over Sturgeon’s use of the word privileged when talking about football clubs and players being allowed to work.
Martindale revealed that the Lions had shelled out £250,000 just for testing in order to have games and his Celtic counterpart said: “I think the talk of privilege is overplayed. I think 95 per cent in football have adhered to the rules and protocols.
“The tests have been carried out at great expense by a lot of the clubs all season.
“It costs a lot of money to set up the stadiums, particularly ours.
“Now we take four or five coaches to games, which has changed since Dubai for some reason.”
Lennon used Celtic’s trip to Dingwall tomorrow for the game against Ross County to outline the hefty steps and measures being taken to get the game staged.
He revealed: “We got tested on Friday and then we travel up on five or six buses to stay at a hotel, which will probably be opened just for us.
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“We will be in our own area and then we will travel to the stadium in five buses. Then we will travel home on five buses.
“It’s brilliant having a game in Dingwall on a Sunday night at 7.30pm. That’s a new one.
“Your whole normal routines, what you’ve been used to over the years, are totally different, totally changed.
“And obviously there is that disconnect sometimes when you are travelling separately, four or five people on a massive 52-seater.
“It is strange, but I’m not complaining about it, I’m happy that football’s going ahead.
“The players’ health and well-being has been really important as well and it has provided a lot of talking points and debate. And plenty of interest for the public who can’t be at the games.”