A parcel bomb destined for a Celtic supporter has been found in
Belfast, the fifth such device to target the Glasgow club and its
manager, Northern Ireland police said Tuesday.
Four other parcel bombs have been sent to manager Neil Lennon,
his lawyer and a Celtic-supporting Scottish politician. None
Announcing the latest bomb find, police said Tuesday it was
destined for an undisclosed Celtic supporter but not delivered
because its address was inaccurate.
They said the bomb was detected April 12 at a Belfast postal
facility that handles returned parcels from throughout the United
No group has claimed responsibility for the devices, but
authorities blame extremist supporters of rival Glasgow club
Rangers. Celtic has an Irish Catholic fan base, Rangers a British
The first parcel bomb targeting Lennon, a Catholic from Northern
Ireland, was found on March 4 and a second was intercepted at a
sorting office outside Glasgow on March 26.
Another package destined for Celtic-supporting Scottish lawmaker
Trish Godman was intercepted at her constituency office two days
later. A fourth package destined for Paul McBride, a lawyer who has
represented Lennon, was intercepted last week.
The parcel bombs are the latest in a series of incidents
targeting Lennon and others connected with Celtic.
Packages containing bullets were sent earlier this year to
Lennon and to players Paddy McCourt and Niall McGinn, who are also
from Northern Ireland.
The 39-year-old Lennon has endured threats and abuse during his
soccer career – both as a player and a manager.
Lennon quit international soccer in 2002 after having made 39
appearances, saying he had received death threats from a
paramilitary group in Northern Ireland.