Hamilton have denied suggestions by Celtic boss Neil Lennon that social distancing at the Boxing Day fixture between the two was inadequate.

Celtic went on to win the match 3-0 in this festive encounter but the away manager has made a claim about the match almost a month on as part of an astonishing press conference on Monday.

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Accies have snapped back at the Celtic claims. (Photo by Sammy Turner/SNS Group via Getty Images)

One of the many claims made, Lennon said that social distancing protocols at Hamilton and St Johnstone were not up to scratch, saying about Accies:” Boxing Day at Hamilton there was no social distancing there, there was no physical distancing.

“It is inconsistent. Protocols of different clubs are inconsistent. We go to St Johnstone all crammed into a little dressing room. Inconsistent.”


This is strongly denied by the South Lanarkshire club, who replied to Lennon’s comments: “It is not our policy to comment on statements made by other clubs. We are content that we meet the most stringent standards of Covid protocols for all people visiting our stadium.”

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Not accepting the Celtic claims as fact. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Accies face Celtic in their next match, which is not due to be played until January 27. Fixtures are beginning to pile up for clubs across the Premiership, including Brian Rice’s men, who now have two games against St Mirren to fit into an already tight calendar.

One of these matches is a Scottish Cup affair while the other is because of the outcome of the SPFL appeal last week, which meant that Hamilton’s 3-0 forfeit win over the Buddies has been overturned.

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