Next Game

Leg Warsaw v Celtic

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 19:45

Champions League Qualifying Third Round

Celtic Park

Last Game

Celtic 4 - 0 KR Reykjavik

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 19:45

Champions League Qualifying Second Round

Lennon unhappy with ref decision

Celtic manager Neil Lennon blamed referee Craig Thomson for the end of his side's unbeaten Scottish Premiership run after Aberdeen won 2-1.

Last Updated: 26/02/14 at 06:54 Post Comment

Virgil Van Dijk: Controversial sending off

Virgil Van Dijk: Controversial sending off

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Lennon criticised Thomson's decision to send off Virgil van Dijk in the 11th minute for denying a goalscoring chance, after he brought down Peter Pawlett as the Dons winger tried to burst into the box.

Celtic had started well but they lost 2-1 with a man down and Lennon felt his side should have had a penalty for a handball by Mark Reynolds just before James Forrest pulled a 61st-minute goal back for the champions, who had been unbeaten in their previous 26 league games this season.

Lennon said: "I thought we were worthy of the win. I thought the referee ruined the game. It's not a sending-off. Pawlett was going across the goal rather than towards the goal. I'm pretty sure Ambrose would have got across.

"And there was a clear handball in the second half. He saw it and said it wasn't deliberate."

Lennon is considering an appeal against Van Dijk's dismissal and added: "I think it's poor. Maybe I am the only one who sees it that way but I have looked at it again and I'm pretty convinced it's not a red card."

The Celtic boss admitted there was nothing his side could do to stop the 30-yard opener from Jonny Hayes, which ended Fraser Forster's 1,256-minute run without conceding a league goal, but felt his defence could have done more to stop Adam Rooney's header making it 2-0 just before the break.

But he was full of praise for his side's second-half comeback attempts.

"I thought we were the better team first half, we had the better chances anyway," he added. "I said to the players: 'You can't let the run go now. Go out there and take the game to Aberdeen as much as you can.' And they did that. I thought they were fantastic.

"It looked like we had the extra man. We dominated and didn't get the rewards all our good play and mental strength deserved. But sometimes you don't get what you deserve in football."

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes had a different opinion on the red card and felt his side were well worth their second victory over Celtic this month, having knocked Lennon's side out of the William Hill Scottish Cup at Parkhead.

McInnes said: "The fans have seen their team win and deservedly win with two magnificent goals and loads of effort from every single one of the players.

"It's not easy beating Celtic whether it's against 11 men or 10 men.

"You can see why these players play for Celtic, they never know they're beat. I thought they took full responsibility in the second half and the introduction of Forrest caused us problems.

"We were too deep and it was a bit disappointing that we never kept the ball better. When Celtic score it adds to the anxiety in the ground and belief of Celtic.

"But over the 90 minutes I thought we were the better side and created the better opportunities. It was the right decision to send Van Dijk off."

McInnes added: "We should celebrate a good night for our club because it's a big ask beating Celtic. They are proud of their unbeaten record. They have made that really clear.

"If we didn't get the credit we possibly deserved at Parkhead, I'm sure we'll get it tonight."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

rturo Vidal, James Rodriguez, Angel Di Maria...........who cares we have Mark Oxley.......Ah tis good to be Hibs fan :)

frakessmee
Hull keeper agrees Hibs loan

I

t's just a ride. Bill Hicks is sorely missed, what a prophet and still relevant twenty years after his death. I'm glad though he didn't get to see George Bush Jnr as President.

thesza888
Wilshere: Is He Smoking Enough?

W

hile not comparing the ability of Wilshire to Dr Socrates of Brazil, didn't he do about forty a day?

nedsmar
Wilshere sorry for smoking

Footer 365

Manchester United: Louis van Gaal admits he will not buy players just for the sake of it

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is insisting he won’t buy players for the sake of it.

Transfer news: Juventus determined to keep hold of Manchester United target Arturo Vidal

Juventus managing director Giuseppe Marotta has reiterated the club's desire to keep hold of Arturo Vidal.

DJ Campbell among 13 men released from bail in spot-fixing probe

DJ Campbell is among 13 men released from bail as part of a spot-fixing probe by the National Crime Agency .

Mail Box

No Wonder Wenger Doesn't Buy British

That's if reports that Calum Chambers cost Arsenal £16m are to be believed. The English premium shows no signs of disappearing. Plus, worrying about poor Southampton...

Reasons To Believe That Van Gaal Will Be The Best

Some supporters sound oh so confident on Louis Van Gaal's excellence. Plus thoughts on shirt sales, best signings, football sevens and a good deal more besides...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property