Alan Thompson was dismissed by Neil Lennon over the telephone after he refused to meet with the Celtic manager, according to the Parkhead club.

The former Hoops midfielder has instructed lawyers to act on his behalf after he was given the news in a phone call by Lennon. The Scottish Premier League champions confirmed the Englishman's departure from the club on their website in a statement which claimed Thompson, 38, failed to attend a pre-arranged meeting with the Parkhead boss in Newcastle.

"We can also confirm that a meeting was set up between Alan Thompson and Neil Lennon on Sunday (June 3) in Newcastle," it read. "However, Alan refused to meet with Neil, hence the reason for the discussion being conducted by telephone. The matter is now in the hands of lawyers and, therefore, we are unable to go into any further details."

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