Neil Lennon has described Charles Green's assertion that the demise of Rangers was down to "bigotry" within Scottish football as "funny".
Before Sunday's Ramsdens Cup extra- time win over Brechin at Glebe Park, the Rangers chief executive suggested that the reason the Ibrox club were denied entry into the Scottish Premier League and voted into the Irn Bru Third Division by clubs in the Scottish Football League was down to bigotry and jealousy.
However, speaking at Lennoxtown ahead of Wednesday's Champions League qualifier against HJK Helsinki at Parkhead, Lennon said "The club have said that it is not worthy of response, so... I was golfing, I only read about it yesterday and I found it quite funny. He has only been here five minutes and he is calling us all bigots already."
Lennon, who revealed that Kris Commons and Anthony Stokes will be given fitness tests on Wednesdayas they try to shake off their respective ankle injuries, was asked if he still saw Rangers as his rivals.
"Not this season, no," he said. "The remit is to win the title and it will be no different whether they are here or not and if we can advance on the European stage all the better."
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