The Argentine, thanks to his influence at FC Barcelona, has become one of the best players of all time. At the club level, he has won all possible titles, including 4 Champions and 10 Leagues, in the absence of knowing what happens with the current season. With 603 goals in 687 games for the Catalan club, Messi is the top scorer in the history of the League and his club. Although it would be ridiculous to reduce its importance to their number of goals.2 – Cristiano Ronaldo The captain of Real Madrid is one of the Spanish with the best record of history, thanks to his four Champions and four Leagues. The center-back, indisputable in all the successes of both the white club and the Spanish team, is by right one of the best players in recent memory. His leadership has made him one of the great captains in the history of Real Madrid.The list is completed by other great names that did not go through our League, but have been for years the best in the world: Paolo Maldini (9), Roberto Baggio (10), Ryan Giggs (13), Wayne Rooney (fifteen), Gabriel Batistuta (17), Eric Cantona (18), Paul Scholes (22) and Gianluigi Buffon (25). The only player who has managed to stand up to the Argentine. The Portuguese is one of the fiercest scorers in memory. Thanks to his 450 goals in 438 games wearing the Real Madrid jersey, he became the all-time top scorer for the most successful club in the world. He is also the top scorer in the history of the Champions League, a competition that he has won up to five times, although one of them was with the Manchester jersey. In addition, it has conquered the league in three different countries: England, Spain and Italy.3 – Zinedine ZidaneThe current coach of Real Madrid will go down in history as the first coach to win the Champions League in three consecutive seasons. But, as a player, the Frenchman became quite a legend. A period midfielder, whose elegance on the pitch made him worthy of winning a golden ball. Author of the goal that gave the ninth ‘orejona’ to Real Madrid, he was also key in achieving the ’98 World Cup and the 2000 Euro Cup for France.4 – Ronaldo NazarioHis multiple knee injuries meant that he didn’t get to be bigger than he was. But the Brazilian is, after Pelé, the best player in the history of Brazil, a country with great legends. In his time at Real Madrid and Barcelona he delighted the spectators, becoming one of the best scorers our League has had. With two World Cups and two Copa de América to his credit, it must always remain that he could never get the Champions League, the highest European title at club level.5 – RonaldinhoThe footballer with the ‘indelible smile’ is, without a doubt, one of the players who has most delighted the eyes of anyone who had the pleasure of watching him play. With an unbeatable record, the Brazilian won all the great titles that a footballer can achieve, both at the club level and at the national team level. He is one of the best dribblers in the history of football and one of the greatest talents who has passed through our league.6 – Thierry HenryThe French striker, who spent three seasons at FC Barcelona, had his best years at Wenger’s Arsenal, although it was an important piece for Guardiola in achieving the sextet. Like Ronaldinho, he has achieved all the important titles that a footballer can achieve, including a World Cup and a European Championship with France.7 – Xavi HernándezThe first Spanish footballer on this list is, without a doubt, the best player our country has had in its history.. Fundamental piece in the best years of the history of FC Barcelona, one of the generations that has won the most titles in the world, was, in turn, essential for Spain to position itself as the best team in the world between 2008 and 2012, achieving two Euro Cups and one World Cup.8 – Andrés IniestaThe player of the great moments. Andrés Iniesta will remain, forever, in the memory of all Spaniards thanks to the goal against Holland that gave Spain its first and only World Cup. With FC Barcelona, he formed together with Xavi and Busquets one of the best centers on the field, if not the best, in the history of football. One of those footballers that even the biggest enemies of his team couldn’t hate.11 – RivaldoFor years, he was one of the best players in the world. The Brazilian combined a skillful skill with the ball at his feet with a killer instinct inside the area. A combination that made him win all the possible titles, although the Champions could not be won with the FC Barcelona shirt, but with the Milan shirt. 12 – Fabio CannavaroAlong with Franz Beckenbauer and Matthias Sammer, he is the only center-back in history who has managed to lift the Ballon d’Or. He did it in 2006, when he was already wearing the Real Madrid shirt, although he really won it thanks to his great role in World Cup-winning Italy and Juventus.14 – KakaHis time at Real Madrid was disappointing, due to all the expectations that his transfer raised and that he could not fulfill, largely as a result of his injuries. But, the Brazilian, was the last winner of the golden ball before the beginning of the Messi and Cristiano dynasty. He did it thanks to his unforgettable season with Milan, with which he won the last championship of the Italian club. With Brazil, he managed to win the World Cup in 2002.16 – Luis FigoThe Portuguese, in Spain, played with the shirt of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, with which he became captain before leaving the eternal rival in one of the most controversial transfers remembered. In his time in our country, he won four Leagues and one Champions League, before going to Inter and obtaining another four league championships..19 – Luka Modric If Kaka was the last Ballon d’Or winner before the duel between Cristiano and Leo Messi began, the Croatian has been the only player who has managed to break with that hegemony. He did it in 2018, after getting the third consecutive Champions League with Real Madrid and leading his country to the World Cup final, which he lost against France. He is one of the best midfielders our League has had in recent times.20 – Sergio Busquets The prestigious English magazine FourFourTwo has published the ranking of the best 25 soccer players in the last 25 years. In this list, up to 17 footballers who have gone through the Spanish League appear, which speaks to the dominance and power of attraction that our competition has had in recent decades.1 – Leo Messi Although its importance has not reached the level of Xavi and Iniesta, Catalan is one of the great names in our football in recent times. Undeniable for years at both FC Barcelona and the National Team, their partnership with the previous two will be remembered forever. Del Bosque, the most successful coach in the history of our country, said he would have liked to look like him if he were a player. There would be a reason.21 – Raúl GonzálezThe best Spanish striker in history and one of the best footballers to wear the Real Madrid shirt. Before Messi and Cristiano appeared, Raúl was unrivaled among the world’s top scorers. Hierro’s famous phrase defined him perfectly: “It is not a ten in anything, but it is a nine and a half in everything.”23 – RomarioThe Brazilian was part of the ‘Dream Team’ in the best year of his career, 1994, when he managed to win the League as the top scorer, thanks to his 30 goals. That same year he was named the best player in the World Cup, in which Brazil managed to rise as champion 24 years later and where Romario formed a fearsome duo with Bebeto. Then he would return to Spain with the Valencia shirt, although his relationship with Luis Aragonés made his time at the Ché club ephemeral.24 – Sergio Ramos
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KOLKATA, India (AP):Captain Shahid Afridi produced a superb all-round effort as Pakistan opened their World Twenty20 campaign by dispatching Bangladesh by 55 runsyesterday.Afridi’s 19-ball 49 boosted Pakistan to a record 201-5 total after electing to bat. He then grabbed 2-27 with his leg spin as Bangladesh were restricted to 146-6.Afridi built on a 95-run,second-wicket stand between Mohammad Hafeez (64) and opener Ahmed Shehzad (52) on a good batting surface at Eden Gardens, smashing four fours and four sixes. Hafeez hit seven fours and two sixes off 42 balls while Shehzad struck eight fours off 39.Shehzad played solidly and was quick to punish loose balls before he was caught at midwicket off leg-spinner Sabbir Rahman in the 14th over.Hafeez got to his first 50 in the World Twenty20 with asingle off Mashrafe Mortaza in the next over, which went for 18 runs as Afridi bludgeoned some huge shots on the leg side.Hafeez was out to a brilliant catch by Soumya Sarkar at the deep midwicket fence. Sarkar plucked the ball from high on his left and, realising he would cross the boundary, flicked it up and jumped back inside the boundary line to complete the catch.Afridi, too, was caught in the deep, but promoting himself up the order paid off as Pakistan registered their highest score at a World Twenty20 and the seventh highest in tournament history.KEYROLE”My performances play a key role,” Afridi said. “It’s a big event and as captain, as a senior player, I had to lead by example. The first six overs were important and Hafeez and Shehzad did very well.”In reply, Bangladesh could not put up a spirited fight and failed to build enough partnerships.Shakib Al Hasan top-scored with 50 not out off 40 balls with five fours and one six, but the pressure of a huge target told on their batsmen.Afridi removed well-set batsmen Sabbir Rahman (25) and Tamim Iqbal (24) to undermine Bangladesh’s chase.”Chasing 200 is always difficult with the Pakistan bowling attack,” Bangladesh captain Mortaza said. “And after six overs, it was almost impossible. Shakib batted very well and we got 150, so it’s not that bad. We didn’t bowl well today.”
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The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira, is claiming that corruption and scandals are rapidly escalating under the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government.In just a span of 16 months, Teixeira stated, corruption and scandals are more than the present Government had accused the PPP Administration of committing. She stated that the Opposition has been keeping track of the scandals arising and Government’s consistent denial of them. She highlighted that to date, there are over 20 scandals in the Administration, and the incidents are rising every month.“From June 10, 2015 to August 8, 2016, in a matter of 14 months under the APNU/AFC coalition Government, we have discovered 16 scandals – an average of a scandal for each month,” she said, noting that within the month of August alone, three scandals were exposed.“This Government has been exposed with the most scandals and corruption in just 16 months than the PPP/C Administration was accused of in 23 years,” she said.Teixeira emphasised that months have passed and the nation is yet to know the cost of the inauguration ceremony. Other reported scandals, she noted, included the non-payment of persons under the HEYS project; the Specialty Hospital fiasco; the massive salary increases for Ministers; and the cost of the Durban Park project, which she said the Government has refused to provide information on the private company that was involved in the project prior to the Public Infrastructure Ministry taking over the project.The Member of Parliament stated that Government has to provide answers to the nation on the two fuel scandals that unravelled in April and in August.“Two fuel scandals relating to the issuances of fuel licences for the importation of fuel to companies that are made up of persons related to top officials or who are top officials in the Government who have no fuel bonds, no storage facilities and no offices,” she said, adding that the withdrawal of the fuel importation licence of the Chinese company which has invested millions of US dollars for storage facilities “appears to have been calculated to make room for these alternative importers.”Teixeira noted that an applicant for a fuel licence has to acquire an Environmental Impact Assessment and four additional licenses – provision of a bond under detailed specifications, transportation, storage, importation, premises, restrictions where storage can be located.“It normally takes a long time for an applicant to obtain all those licences –which is impossible to do in nine months,” she argued, highlighting that the licences were issued within the month to a Government official.She also stated that there is consistent and frequent violation of the Procurement Act by Government.Highlighting that $240 million was spent on the refurbishing of the Kitty Municipal Market, Teixeira stated that there is no scope of work or estimates that are available.“… and the project was not put to tender as the city has hired the workers and is implementing the works itself,” she added.She also stated that the awarding of the contract for boxed juices for the school feeding programme to a Suriname beverage company owned by RUDISA, that was neither the lowest nor the second lowest bidder, is questionable, since the impact on the local farmers and manufacturers will be felt.“DDL has come out publicly to criticise this, so too has another company Guyana beverages,” she argued.These scandals, she said, which have been uncovered expose a level of corruption and discrimination that has not been seen since the Burnham era.“The APNU/AFC Government lacks transparency and accountability, and is prepared to undermine and even violate the procurement and financial laws of this country as well as other constitutional provisions and statutory provisions,” she said.Meanwhile, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall opined that these scandals are evidence of the refusal to be transparent. He stated that although the Government is aware that their actions are affecting the nation, they continue unabated.
The Association of Disabled Females International (ADFI) in Liberia has sued (called on someone formally for something) the government—with emphasis on the National Legislature—to ensure that a bill in support of their welfare is removed from the back-burner—where it obviously has picked up some moss—and pass it into law. The bill, according to the ‘disabled’ women, has been lying in a committee room at the National Legislature, ever since it was submitted, early last year. The bill was sponsored by a Maryland County Representative, Isaac B. Roland and Montserrado County lawmaker Muna Pelham Youngblood.It raised issues relative to war reparations (reimbursement, compensation) and the establishment of a War Victims’ Trust Fund for disabled females in the country. The ADFI already operates in the country, in collaboration with war-survivors; it also seeks reparations (war-damages) for other kinds of war victims.The renewed appeal to members of the 53rd National Legislature, to fast-track the passage of the bill seeking to establish a War Victims’ Trust Fund at the national level was made by Ms. Meimai Hoff, ADFI executive director of ADFi. According to Ms. Hoff, when the bill is passed, government would be obliged to offer some compensation to war victims across the country—something, she says is done in international circle.Demands for reimbursement came in vogue (fashionable, a trend) after Germany lost World War I, and the victors, including the UK, France, and Russia—later joined by the US, Italy and Japan, (the Allies), defeated the Central Powers, including Germany Austria and Hungary. The allies they demanded reimbursement for the loss and damage they sustained from the war.The cost to Germany—the main instigator of the war—was 22 billion pounds that took Germany 92 years to deliver. Final repayment ended on October 3, 2010. “Since 2005, we have had a stable government with good governance, headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,” Ms Hoff continued.Against that backdrop, Liberian war-victims are hopeful that something will be done to give them a leg up as they try to rebuild their lives.This is why we are appealing to our lawmakers to revisit the bill, flung into the committee room so long ago,” the head of disabled females lamented.Ms. Hoff went on to remind President Sirleaf to reinforce her commitment to urge ministries and agencies to employ people with disabilities. The female leader of the ADFI made these recent appeals during an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer. The interview took place at the close of a program that marked the end of a day-long workshop, at which the disabled community was targeted for public education, in preparation for the pending October (2014) special election. The first in the series of such exercises, the workshop was facilitated by the National Elections Commission (NEC) and hosted at the ADFI Headquarters in Slipway, Central Monrovia. ADFI executive director Hoff told this paper that the essence of the workshop was to educate members of the disabled community about procedures toward exercising their rights at polling centers when, election time comes around. Over 61 disabled participants from various communities and townships in Monrovia and environs attended the ‘educative program,’ with the intent of sharpening their awareness on ‘how to proceed (go on) to the ballot box,’ come election season.“We want the disabled, especially the females with various forms of disabilities, to be informed about how to participate in the upcoming election,” Ms. Hoff explained. According to the social worker, the exercise was also intended to reawaken the disabled and get them involved in doing the right thing, when it comes to voting. She reiterated that people with disabilities need a disable-friendly environment to go about exercising their inalienable (undeniable) rights in keeping with the Constitution of Liberia. Ms Hoff observed, however, that during the conduct of the 2005 and 2011 general and presidential elections, most of the polling centers and precincts were not disable-friendly enough to allow people with disabilities to cast their votes. “This time around,” she continued, “the ADFI has decided to begin taking some corrective measures to enable the disabled participate in the electoral process, without any constraints. She added that there are more disabled female non-voters, compared to their male counterparts; therefore, there was a need to identify disabled females and train them to ensure their involvement, beginning with the approaching October exercise. (With an assist from Keith Neville A. Best)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
With 14 months to the 2017 transitional elections, the main opposition political party, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), has expressed fear over the use of manual voter registration and has called for a biometric voting system to address the issue.To prevent election fraud, CDC is urging President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to support the development of a reform agenda to get rid of the “Manual Voter Registration,” which the Party says would result in 90% fraud.The CDC said that the Biometric Voter Registration is better to promote transparency and fairness, because its use would considerably decrease the potential for fraud.Nathaniel McGill, the CDC Chairman, said during a press conference yesterday at the party’s headquarters in Congo Town, that President Sirleaf should exert every effort to provide the US$24 million requested by the National Elections Commission (NEC) for the Biometric Voter Registration system, in order to allay the “fears of voters” concerning the possible occurrence of fraud.He did not state what the CDC would do if the President insists on using the Manual Voter Registration.McGill told journalists that the CDC and other political parties were taken aback when the NEC announced that the President has said the country would not support the use of Biometric Voter Registration System due to lack of money.“The NEC has informed us that only US$10 million has been allocated for the Manual Voter Registration and there would not be any additional amount – most likely the additional US$14m – for the Biometric Voter Registration,” Mr. McGill said.“We want to say to the President, we prefer the Biometric Voter Registration. Please find the additional US$14 million,” he said.In his argument, Mr. McGill said the party has formally written to the Legislature, and suggested that US$14 million should be re-directed from the money allotted for the renovation of the Executive Mansion.He also suggested that the budgetary allotment of the National Security Agency (NSA), in the amount of US$9 million, be sliced and added on to the Liberia National Police (LNP) allotment in the wake of the drawdown ofthe United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).Reports say that the CDC political leader, Montserrado Senator George M. Weah, who arrived in the country yesterday, has sanctioned the warning against the use of Manual Voter Registration, arguing that voter fraud was one of the reasons the CDC boycotted the 2011 presidential run-off.An aide to Sen. Weah told the Daily Observer yesterday via mobile phone that the Senator will press the President to use biometric voter registration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– PPP says Govt must act swiftly to evacuate Guyanese desirous of coming homeCitizenship MinisterWinston FelixThe Guyana Government’s delegation has returned from Antigua, St Maarten and the British Virgin Islands, where the Needs Assessment Team was sent in the wake of Hurricane Irma.Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix, who spearheaded that team, on Thursday met with members of the local media corps and briefed them on some of the relief initiatives Government is currently considering and to provide a first-hand account of the extent of the devastation.According to Minister Felix, in addition to food, building and medical supplies, some of the affected Guyanese have been inquiring about the possible evacuation from the devastated islands to Guyana, specifically of school-aged children.He explained that many of the Guyanese have expressed a willingness to remain on the Caribbean islands in order to cash in on the rebuilding efforts.According to Felix, the information supplied to him and his team indicates that in St Maarten there are some 7000 Guyanese domiciled, while in Tortola, BVI, the population stands around 1500.Aerial footage illustrates the extent of the damage in BVI (KCRA.com)Felix was quick to point out that whatever relief efforts that would be made by Government, it would be incumbent on the Governments of those countries to spearhead the local relief efforts and the supplies would not be sent directly to Guyanese groupings.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who was on hand for the press engagement, had earlier indicated that Guyana currently has 10 containers of supplies ready for delivery to Antigua – the designated hub for all of the relief efforts pouring into the region.According to Minister Harmon, Government has secured the assistance of the British Government, through the local High Commissioner, for use of a C-130 military cargo aircraft in order to transport the supplies from Guyana to Antigua.Felix also used the opportunity to highlight shortcomings encountered by the team which he said were due in part to the extent of the damage to the communities that led to the Diaspora members being unprepared for the visit.This was compounded by curfews that had been set in place both in St Maarten and Tortola, BVI. Felix told media operatives the team was unable to travel to the neighbouring Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke or Anegada, the other two of the larger populated islands in the BVI where Guyanese currently reside.Providing an extensive briefing, Minister Felix reported that the Needs Assessment team was flown to St Maarten, by chartered aircraft, where there was complete devastation of the island much like Barbuda – which has since had to evacuate all of the residents to the neighbouring sister island of Antigua.According to Minister Felix, “there we met total devastation of the island” with many houses in sight being without roof, electricity or water. Telephone services have also been disrupted and “there was severe damage to property”, he added.The team did manage to meet with a pocket of Guyanese living in St Maarten and they “all expressed the need for assistance in terms of building materials, water, bedding and items to make them comfortable”.He did report, however, that while they would have been able to meet with a few representatives in St Maarten, “they were so badly affected that the level of preparation we expected there, we did not have it, so we did not meet large numbers of Guyanese, remember those persons were also affected by the Hurricane.”According to Felix, the team while in Tortola managed to meet with a small number of Guyanese, estimated to be between 80 and 100.He told media operatives the team did manage to traverse the British Overseas Territory, where they were able to have a first-hand assessment of the extent of the damage in addition to meeting with BVI’s Premier, Dr Orlando Smith.According to Felix, while the requests from the Guyanese living in Tortola were similar to those heard in St Maarten in relation to food and medical supplies, they needed some additional supplies.He spoke to the need for vector control materials such as treated mosquito nets as a result of the mosquitoes.Minister Felix was quick to also point out that during his meetings with Guyanese living in Tortola, “many of them did not want, they did not express a need to return to Guyana, those we met did not express a need to return to Guyana, but they wanted their children return.”He told media operatives that this request posed a situation that would have to be carefully managed given the immigration and other demands that could make the process a tedious one.“Unaccompanied children on travel is never advisable particularly where the aircraft might not be 1, a private charter, so that is a situation we have to manage carefully.”The Minister did point out that the Guyanese delegation has made some recommendations namely, Antigua be made the staging point or hub for the relief efforts and that children returning to Guyana be accompanied by an adult.It was reported that the Guyana Government has agreed to also repatriate to Guyana Dereck Ragnauth’s corpse. The 55-year-old Guyanese perished in the BVI when his house collapsed killing him during Hurricane Irma.The Office of the Leader of the Opposition, in an earlier statement, had reiterated calls made by the PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo for government to act swiftly to initiate steps to evacuate Guyanese desirous of coming home. The PPP General Secretary noted that Hurricane Irma has practically reduced some of these islands to ground zero. “It is, therefore, incumbent upon the Government of Guyana to take immediate action,” it said.The PPP also expressed sincere hopes that the rebuilding process will be swift; and a smooth and successful implementation of all emergency interventions, both infrastructural and humanitarian.
A driver attached to the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry on Monday collapsed and died moments after arriving at the house in which he resided, which was engulfed in flames, and has also left several others homeless.Dead: 47-year-old Gavin NorthDead is 47-year-old Gavin North, who was one of several tenants that resided at the Lot 48 Princes Street, Wortmanville, Georgetown, two-storey structure which went up in flames at about midday on Monday.Guyana Times understands that North arrived at the scene and began salvaging household items from the apartment he occupied when he suddenly fainted. The man was rushed by neighbours to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in an unconscious state but died while receiving medical attention.When this publication arrived at the scene, tenants related that the fire originated from the upper flat of the building, gutting everything in its path. However, while most of the lower flat was saved, the belongings were all damaged by water used to douse the fire.A few of the displaced tenants were at the scene, trying to see what they could salvage as others contemplated their next move.Oneika Landry, one of the persons who resided alone in one of the apartments in the lower flat of the building explained that she was not at home when the fire started. However, firefighters managed to save most of her apartment but damaged all electrical appliances in the process.The burnt building“I was at work when one of my taxi friend called me and told me the house is on fire. But when I got here the fire department was already here trying to get it out…well the most I got was water damage but all my electrical stuff is no more,” Landry related.Meanwhile, a frustrated single parent, Chancey McDonald, who shared an apartment with her brother and four children, related that everything was lost in the blaze, which makes her unsure about her next move.“They were trying to get the doors open to see what and what they could’ve get out but they didn’t get out anything, because the fire was already in our room…Everything is burn, we do not have anything,” she explained.Meanwhile, the Mayor and City Council has committed to offering assistance to the displaced families.
That’s more than one third of the monthly precipitation norm, but it didn’t come close to the September 16th record of 26.4 millimetres set in 1944. According to incomplete Environment Canada records, yesterday was also the coolest day in Fort St. John so far this month, with an official high of 17.1 degrees. The only other day with a recorded high of less than 20 degrees was the 2nd of the month, when the temperature reached 18. However, the weather bureau records do not include any statistical information for the 5th of September. Today the high is likely to slip below the 14 degree average for this time of year, as Environment Canada has it projected it at 10 degrees.- Advertisement –
Celtic boss Neil Lennon has committed to staying at the club – despite bomb threats from bigots.“It leaves a bad taste in the mouth, but I’m totally committed to the club, the fans and the players,” he said at a press conference for Sunday’s Old Firm derby.“It’s my most difficult week in the job. We all know why it’s happening.” Lennon has been targeted by loyalists before.In 2002 he was substituted at half time playing for Northern Ireland after a UVF plot to kill him was uncovered by Special Branch.Bullets were sent to the former Celtic captain earlier in the season, while a suspicious package addressed to him was also intercepted.And parcel bombs were this week sent to Lennon, Paul McBride QC and Labour politician Trish Godman. Lennon was asked if he would be a target at any other club.“It wouldn’t, no,” he said. “And it’s not because it’s my aggressive behaviour on the pitch any more.“A lot was said about that when I played and I think you all know the reasons why these things are happening now.“It’s good that people are talking about it and we will get something done about it.”Asked about those who want to kill him, he said: “I am baffled that my persona can cause this type of poison in people. “I am a football manager, a football person, not a politician.“I have never talked about politics or talked about religion, I just talked about football as a sport and predominately for the good of the game up here.“I have tried to be as positive as I can about all things in Scottish football.“I have had spats with people, yes, but that’s just in my nature and I don’t think that will change. “I think it is pretty unprecedented what has happened and I hope it is not going to get out of hand.“Anyone in any walk of life shouldn’t have to deal with something like this.“It is uncomfortable, you see your face every hour on the hour on the news and, after a while, you start thinking ‘is that me they are talking about?’“It is disconcerting and uncomfortable, but I am well looked after by the people in charge and there is an ongoing investigation so I don’t want to comment too much on that.”The Co Armagh man said the threats would not force him out of the club.“My life has changed a bit, but I have tried not to change it too much,” he added.“I am not under armed guard or anything like that, but we have had to curtail a few things and change things about my lifestyle, which is unfortunate. But I am hoping things can be brought to a head.“I’d like to thank the police for all their briefing and the professionalism they have shown and the security they have given me over the last week, 10 days, they have been absolutely fantastic and made life as easy as possible under the circumstances.“I’ve had this for 10 years, but I don’t want to say you get used to it, because you never do.”Asked if he regretted taking the job, he added: “You get an opportunity to manage Celtic once in a lifetime. I would have regretted it the rest of my life if I hadn’t taken it.”NEIL LENNON: ‘I’M TOTALLY COMMITTED TO CELTIC’ was last modified: April 23rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)