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A man is to appear in court in Scotland charged with sectarian offences in relation to internet hate messages directed at Celtic’s Irish manager Neil Lennon.

The 24-year-old was arrested on Wednesday morning after police investigations into a series of death threats against the former Northern Ireland international.

Lennon received a number of live mail bombs last season and is now the subject of round the clock police surveillance after a number of threats against him.

The 24-year-old is due in court in connection with alleged internet sectarian offences which targeted Lennon.

Police have confirmed that he is understood to have created websites where hate messages about Celtic manager Lennon were posted last season.

The man, from the town of Callander, will appear before Stirling Sheriff Court after he was arrested following a joint operation involving Strathclyde Police, Central Scotland Police and the newly formed Football Co-ordination Unit for Scotland.

Supt David Brand, head of the unit, said: “I would advise anyone who has posted messages which are likely or intended to threaten violence or cause fear or alarm to any person to remove them immediately.

“Please be warned: if you do post hatred over the internet you may not be arrested today but we will be paying you a visit sometime in the future.”