Prior to talking about Lennon, we discussed Allardyce. You have problems with him as a person and as a manager that I do not share. Therefore, Big Sam is a 'divisive figure'. Our opinions on him are divided; you don't like him, I do. Moyes is divisive, so is Mackay.
Take everything related to sectarian abuse away from Lennon and he is a divisive figure. He isn't just a divisive figure due to him being a Northern Irish Catholic. You will say that I made it look like he is only divisive because of the sectarian abuse he received, as it was involved in the story I told Notone, but that isn't what I meant. Take all that away, and you will still find people that will like him and dislike him based on other things, like many managers.
The reason I brought up the death threats he received was that we were discussing him as a candidate for the Scotland job, and I though, had the SFA looked at him as a candidate, they might have considered the abuse he received before as a reason not to pursue him. Not through the SFA being a sectarian organisation, but because they may think that some of those people that sent him death threats are loyalists or Rangers fans that might rise and start doing it again if he was given the Scotland job. Perhaps giving him a high profile job like that would put him at risk again. Maybe I'm wrong.
It was your comment when you said in relation to his death threats not having anything to do with his personality, that instead they were to do with 'him being a NI Catholic and always attracting death threats from some thugs as a result' that irked me.
In no way do I think that he is a 'special kind of NI Catholic' and deserved the death threats, absolutely not. When I made the point that we currently have Catholics in our team and our manager is Catholic, I wasn't trying to make it out as if 'and they didn't get any death threats, so Lennon must have done something to deserve it'; my point was that with the way you put it, you made it sound like NI is an ultra sectarian country and can't see the national team have any Catholics in it without sending them death threats. Like if we aren't Catholic, we are all just like those sectarian thugs you mentioned. Which cannot be further from the truth.
For some reason, these sectarian thugs conjured a reason to send Lennon undeserved death threats. Those thugs are a minority in my country, and the majority of the people here didn't care that Lennon was a Catholic playing for NI, just as they haven't for Pat McCourt, Connor McLaughlin, Michael O'Neill etc.
I won't have us all tarred with the same brush as the prejudiced minority of sectarian thugs that live in Northern Ireland.