Smith told to mind his own business

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Neil Lennon has told Walter Smith to mind his own business after the Rangers manager criticised Andreas Hinkel and the rest of the Celtic side after the Ibrox club's 2-1 defeat at Parkhead last night.

Hinkel had claimed before the game Celtic were a better side than the Premier League champions. Goals by Lee Naylor and Marc-Antoine Fortune then gave them their first win of the season against the Light Blues, who scored through Kenny Miller and had Lee McCulloch sent off.

Afterwards Smith hit out at Hinkel and claimed Celtic had been a poor set of professionals before Lennon took over from sacked Tony Mowbray in March.

But Lennon said: "It's not Walter's place. He's not the Celtic manager and he has not affiliated with the club so those comments should be best left to someone at this club. I don't comment on Rangers, I never have done, certainly not as a manager anyway."