Lennon dismisses play-off idea

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon has rubbished proposals for a Clydesdale Bank Premier League title play-off as "absolutely ludicrous".

Lennon and Old Firm rival Walter Smith have both dismissed an idea put forward by Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson for the top four teams in the SPL to contest a title decider at the end of the regular season.

Lennon said: "I don't think it's fair at all, I think it's absolutely ludicrous. I saw the headlines today and I didn't even bother reading them because I just think it's a piece of nonsense."

He added: "I've been here 10 years and if you look at the gap between the top team and the third and fourth-placed team, the gap is always quite big.

"So basically you're saying your season comes down to two or three games at the end of the season? Absolute rubbish."

Lennon was only slightly more amenable to suggestions for a play-off for European places outside the top two slots.

"I think that might create a bit of an interest but certainly for the championship, absolute no-no," he said.

"And I don't know how that would affect the coefficient, there would be a possibility you don't have the three most consistent teams going into Europe. I don't think that would improve the coefficient.

"From my point of view it's one of the more silly ideas I`ve heard in recent weeks.

"In fact, it's the silliest idea I've heard in the last few weeks."

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