Next Game

Karabakh-Azersu v Celtic

Wednesday, 05 August 2015, 17:30

Champions League Qualifying Third Round

Celtic Park

Last Game

Celtic 2 - 0 Ross Co

Saturday, 01 August 2015, 12:45

Scots Prem

Lennon blasts 'reckless' Hibs

Angry Neil Lennon hit out at Hibernian following Celtic's 1-1 draw at Easter Road, describing some of their tackling as "shocking" and "reckless".

Last Updated: 20/10/13 at 12:03 Post Comment

Neil Lennon: Unhappy with Hibs players

Neil Lennon: Unhappy with Hibs players

Hibs striker Paul Heffernan opened the scoring in the 17th minute before Hoops substitute James Forrest levelled with a wonderful solo goal with 15 minutes remaining.

Only two Hibs players, Liam Craig and Ryan McGivern, were booked but Lennon was furious when asked about some of the tackling from Pat Fenlon's men.

He said: "It was shocking - absolutely shocking. Reckless.

"I'm all for competitive football, no one more than myself, but seriously, they were borderline tackles.

"I didn't really say to Pat but I made my feelings pretty clear to the fourth official. I don't think it was any player target in particular, it was across the board.

"We've got a big Champions League game and I'm not asking any favours, I don't mind teams being competitive, and the physicality of the game was good but I felt it was over the top."

"My opinion may be different from Pat's, he'll say he sent his team out to get in our faces and I don't mind that at all, but the ref should take more of a grip on it sometimes."

Lennon also claimed Heffernan's goal was offside, saying: "I haven't looked back at the goal, I didn't need to - you can see he's at least a yard off.

"I'm not here to criticise officials but when it's as blatant as that, you have to ask 'why did you miss that?'

"Our reaction to what was clearly an offside goal was fantastic, though, and the unbeaten run continues."

Fenlon showed no contrition when told of Lennon's criticism.

"Good," he said.

"That means the message is getting across to my players, that we want to go and compete and get in people's faces.

"We worked tremendously hard and we made sure Celtic knew they were in a game and that's what it was about today.

"You've got to be because if you stand off them and let them play then they will tear you apart and we weren't going to (let them) do that.

"I think most of the tackles were fair, I think there was one in the first half that they moaned about but it was a good tackle, it was a real good challenge.

"Everyone has different opinions I suppose."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think that puts all doubts over Benteke's quality to bed. Can he do it after receiving the ball to feet, in the box, totally unmarked, on a warm, sunny afternoon in Swindon? Oh yes he can! This year is definitely Liverpool's year. YNWA.

rationalmanc
WATCH: Benteke's debut screamer

A

ll very well selling all midfield and strikers but unless we bring anyone in that is better than what we had then it will be a terrible transfer window in my view. Sorted out the defense but our midfield and striker options look very light.

bigo
Spurs Halfway To The Perfect Summer

L

ove it when Jose accuses others of being defensive, cynical and playing to win. If I was Wenger, I'd get that quote laminated and framed - surely the biggest compliment he's ever received from Mourinho. You've got him riled Arsene - you're relevant again!

suarez_blind
Jose rues pitch and weather after defeat

Footer 365

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has 'difficult questions'

Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker says manager Arsene Wenger has a lot of "difficult questions" to answer.

West Ham forward Enner Valencia ruled out for up to 12 weeks

West Ham forward Enner Valencia has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a leg injury.

Jordy Clasie says he'd have rejected move to Man United in order to join Southampton

Jordy Clasie claims he'd have rejected Man United to sign for Southampton - saying it's "better to start lower and finish higher".

Mail Box

There's A Lot Of Anger About TV...

...and how much you have to pay - largely for games you don't actually want to watch. Many of you are forced to go illegal. We also have mails on Chelsea, Angel di Maria and...

Not Just A Friendly. This Had Meaning...

Arsenal fans are very excited about beating Chelsea (don't remind them about last year), while there is criticism for BT and a football fan tired of being screwed by TV...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company