Nail Bomb Sent To Celtic Boss

Strathclyde Police have launched an investigation after nail bombs``designed to cause harm'' were sent to Neil Lennon, Paul McBride QC and Labour politician Trish Godman.

They were initially thought to be hoax packages but analysis has revealed that they could have worked.

A package addressed to Lennon was intercepted at the Royal Mail sorting office in Kirkintilloch on March 26th.

Two days later, a parcel for Trish Godman was intercepted at her constituency office and on April 15th a package was intercepted en route to Paul McBride, who has represented Lennon at Hampden during his dispute with the SFA.

A police source said: ``They were viable devices designed to cause harm.

``We are treating the matter very seriously.''

Police have offered safety advice to the intended recipients of the packages as well as to Royal Mail staff and workers in the mail room at Celtic.

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan reacted with dismay to the news.

In a statement, he said: ``The Scottish FA is horrified and saddened by the news that the Celtic manager, Neil Lennon, has been subjected to another - reportedly 'viable' - threat along with two other prominent supporters of the club.

``It is hoped that swift action by Strathclyde Police will succeed in capturing the perpetrators of these cowardly acts and bring the full weight of justice down on them.

``Scottish football should be a safe and entertaining environment for players, coaches and supporters.

``It must not be used as a platform for religious intolerance or hatred.''