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Robert Rollie avoids jail term over Neil Lennon abuse

Robert Rollie
Image caption Rollie was told there was no place in Scotland for his "disgusting" views

A man who posted threatening and abusive messages against Celtic manager Neil Lennon on Facebook has been given a 12-month community payback order.

Robert Rollie, 39, from Cumnock, East Ayrshire, admitted posting comments on a page targeting Mr Lennon on 14 March.

The Rangers fan was arrested after a police task force, formed after March's so-called Old Firm shame game, began reviewing social networking sites.

Rollie was also given a four year football banning order.

'Shoot him'

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how Rollie posted his comments on the Facebook page "Neil Lennon should be sacked and jailed for racism".

His comments demanded that the Celtic manager be sacked and sent back to Ireland.

Rollie also used abusive terms towards Mr Lennon, stating: "Shoot him".

He was interviewed by police on 27 March, during which he said he had no recollection of posting the messages.

Rollie accepted, however, that they could only have been posted by him and that they appeared to be targeted at Neil Lennon.

Sheriff Martin Jones QC told him: "Your behaviour on this particular date online or otherwise is quite disgraceful.

"As I have said to others there is no room in a modern Scotland for the views expressed by you and others."

He added: "Taking account of the fact that you are a first offender and have a good work record and have never been in any sort of trouble I intend to deal with this by way of a non custodial penalty."

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