A convicted killer was violently slashed on the head and body during a savage  knife attack  after an alleged £10k bounty was placed on his head.

Lee Noonan was assaulted with the blade while serving a life sentence for murder at  HMP Shotts, North Lanarkshire, in November last year.

The 23-year-old received eight staples for a knife wound on his head and around a dozen stitches were needed to close painful gashes on his legs.

The killer, who is serving a minimum of 18 years behind bars for his roll in the 2019 murder of  Glasgow  man James ‘Scudger’ Watt, is understood to have been moved jails a short time later.

A source told how Noonan had angered a fellow con by striking up a friendship with a fellow prisoner who is serving a sentence for attempted murder, the Daily Record reports.

Celtic fan Lee Noonan was slashed while serving time for his bloody attack at the Ibrox stadium which is home to rival team Rangers
Lee Noonan is serving time for a bloody attack at the Ibrox stadium

They said: “Lee Noonan from Govan was slashed at HMP Shotts. He suffered horrific injuries to his face, shoulder and leg.

“He was attacked and then moved to HMP Kilmarnock around the start of December. A prisoner put £10k on his head and ordered a hit because of his association with another convict.”

The source added that Noonan has allegedly been put into a protected wing amid fears for his safety as the feud continues.

No one has yet been arrested or charged in connection with the Shotts jail attack.

The bounty was placed on Lee Noonan because of a friendship he made at the prison
A disturbing post shows a bounty placed on Noonan

Noonan was caged in January 2019 after being found guilty of murdering his 40-year-old victim alongside two other men.

The battered body of James Watt was discovered in his Copland Quadrant home, Ibrox, on February 23 the year before.

He had suffered multiple stab wounds and a fractured skull which was likely caused by a golf club being used to bash him on the head.

The weapon snapped in two during the frenzied attack and was dropped on the ground before being recovered by investigators.

The court was told how Noonan and one of his co-accused were ‘recruited’ by a stranger to carry out the revenge attack on Watt.

All three men were convicted by a jury and handed life sentences at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Celtic-daft Noonan was also convicted of stabbing a Rangers fan with a metal pen after less than 24 hours after the murder.

Gary Crawford had made a ‘Dumbo’ jibe about Noonan’s large ears which caused him to fly into a furious rage.

He stabbed the 52-year-old in the chest and arm as the victim left  Ibrox stadium.

Noonan, whose own father is a convicted murderer, was originally ordered to serve 21 years behind bars for the slaying of James Watt.

But the sentence was reduced to 18 years after his legal team successfully argued that the trial judge had failed to take his young age into account.

A spokesperson for the  Scottish Prison Service  confirmed an incident had taken place at HMP Shotts at the beginning of November.

A statement from Police Scotland added: “A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "We received a report around 12.15pm on Tuesday, 3 November, 2020 relating to a 22-year-old man having been assaulted within HMP Shotts in Lanarkshire. Enquiries into the incident are ongoing."