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The 41-year-old manager says he will fight allegations of verbally abusing St Mirren defender Jim Goodwin but could miss a minimum of three matches if found guilty

Neil Lennon has rejected allegations that he used foul language against Jim Goodwin during Celtic's 1-1 draw with St Mirren.

The Hoops tactician is alleged to have been recorded via microphone being verbally abusive to the opposition defender following a strong challenge on Dylan McGeouch.

However, Lennon says he will "vigorously" fight the charges levelled at him and intends to confront the issue when the time is right.

"I can't really talk about it at the minute but needless to say I will be defending my case as vigorously as possible," he told reporters.

"I don't want to say anything to prejudice the case against me."

Lennon faces a minimum three-match ban if found guilty in connection to a prior suspended punishment, but is hopeful of avoiding further touchline exclusion.

"I'll speak to the club officials and lawyers and we will come up with a defence to defend myself as best I can," he continued.

"We will make a case and hopefully we will get what we deem to be the right result."

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