Lennon called into ref's office

Neil Lennon faces SFA trouble again after being called into the referee's office after Celtic'ss 3-1 defeat at Motherwell.

Last Updated: 29/04/13 at 07:41 Post Comment

Neil Lennon: Was left fuming after penalty award

Neil Lennon: Was left fuming after penalty award

Celtic boss Neil Lennon could be in trouble with the Scottish Football Association once again after being called into the referee's office after his side's 3-1 defeat at Motherwell.

Lennon was already serving a three-match touchline ban so was in the stands to see referee Euan Norris award a controversial second-half penalty to Well when Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew was adjudged to have fouled Henrik Ojamaa just inside the box.

Michael Higdon scored the spot-kick to put the hosts 2-1 up and there was no way back for Celtic from there.

Asked if he had spoken to Norris, Lennon told Sky Sports: "He called me into his room. It was about a number of things but we'll leave that confidential for now."

On whether he might be in further trouble with the authorities, Lennon added: "I don't know. Maybe."

Lennon took a moderate line on the penalty incident itself.

"I wasn't convinced it was a penalty although I can undestand why he maybe gave it," the Hoops boss said. "I don't think Charlie even looked where Henrik Ojaama is. For me it was a big turning point."

Stuart McCall urged his Motherwell side to keep breaking records after they clinched a Europa League spot and almost certainly second place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Motherwell moved on to 60 points, nine ahead of third-placed Inverness with three games remaining and with a much better goal difference and McCall is looking to keep up the good work.

"I'm proud of the staff and the players," he said. "I always say you've got to score first against the Old Firm to have any chance of winning but that blows my theory.

"We showed great character to go a goal behind and come back and play like we did."Both teams could have scored a few more and everyone, certainly from a Motherwell side, can go home feeling entertained.

"We've been playing like that since we beat Celtic in February and we've been on a good run.

"You try to improve each season and it can be difficult but last season we broke Motherwell's SPL record points total of 62 and we're on 60 with three games to go.

"We've scored the most goals since the 1960s - eclipsing Mark McGhee's team and Alex McLeish's team - but that's the way we play, we try to attack.

"You can take away Celtic's players who weren't playing but for everyone out, an international came in.

"Thomas Rogne for Efe Ambrose, Georgios Samaras for Kris Commons and Beram Kayal for Joe Ledley.

"They might not have had the big, big guns but they certainly had a lot of talent out there."

Gary Hooper opened the scoring for the much-changed visitors in the 39th minute but Ojamaa levelled seconds before the interval.

The controversial penalty put Motherwell ahead five minutes into the second hald and five minutes later right-back Mikael Lustig headed a Tom Hateley cross against his own post with the luckless Hoops keeper Fraser Forster seeing the ball come off him and into his own net.end


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