Celtic icon Neil Lennon ‘seeking legal advice’ after being denied entry to Ibrox

Celtic legend Neil Lennon is reportedly seeking legal advice after being told he could not enter Ibrox.

Rangers hosted Lyon in the Europa League as they kicked off their campaign in the continental competition.

Steven Gerrard's men lost 2-0 to the French club after Karl Took Ekambi scored the opener in the first-half before James Tavernier netted an own goal after the break.

Lyon are the toughest team in Rangers' group, which also contains Sparta Prague and Brondby and it could be a tricky ask to qualify this season.

But prior to kick-off there was controversy when Celtic legends Lennon and Chris Sutton were denied entry to the ground.

The reason cited was that the BT pundits could not have their safety guaranteed, with both figures among those despised by the Rangers fans for their Parkhead roots.

According to The Sun, Lennon is now seeking legal advice over loss of earnings having been prevented from doing his job as a pundit.

The former Hoops manager was scheduled to be an analyst for the 5.45pm kick off between Real Betis and Celtic, along with Sutton.

The duo would have done so from a motorhome outside the stadium before doing the same again from an open studio inside Ibrox for the 8pm kick-off.

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But Rangers managing director told BT that their safety could not be guaranteed at such short notice.

It led to the club denying the pair access despite BT following their usual protocol.

The Sun report that the British broadcasters contacted both UEFA and Rangers on Wednesday night with a list of names that would be working for them.

Later that night, text messages were exchanged but it led to BT’s request for accreditation for Lennon and Sutton being denied.

On the other side of the coin, the likes of Kris Boyd and Ally McCoist – both Rangers legends – have worked from Parkhead in recent times and had no problems.

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A BT spokesperson said: “We had hoped that Darrell Currie and the team would be able to present the coverage of both the Celtic and Rangers UEFA Europa League games live from Ibrox this evening, as we have done in the past.

“Rangers have since raised security concerns and so we have had to change our plans.

"This evening Paul Dempsey will now present our UEFA Europa League coverage of Real Betis v Celtic alongside Stiliyan Petrov live from the BT Sport Studio in Stratford. Darrell Currie, Ally McCoist and David Weir will present Rangers v Lyon live from Ibrox.”

Rangers insisted they have acted within UEFA’s obligations, saying: “We have complied with all UEFA contractual obligations to facilitate BT as host broadcaster. Any conjecture or speculation is both inaccurate and unhelpful.”

Daily Star Sport has reached out to Neil Lennon and Rangers for comment.

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