Tuesday 12 December 2017

Lennon fumes at an 'honest mistake' by ref in Tannadice

Celtic cranked up the pressure ahead of Sunday's clash with Rangers by overcoming a series of dodgy decisions against Dundee United to draw level with the Ibrox side at the top of the SPL.

Neil Lennon (pictured) was fuming with the performance of referee Dougie McDonald at Tannadice yesterday despite seeing his team snatch a dramatic last-minute win thanks to a double from Gary Hooper.

The Celtic boss's anger centered on a 69th-minute decision when the referee was perfectly placed to award Celtic a penalty, then over-ruled it after consulting his far-side assistant.

"I noticed the linesman's position, once he's taken up a position as if it is a penalty, there's a lot of confusion afterwards," Lennon explained yesterday. "The incident wasn't explained to me so I think that we'll have to put that down to another honest mistake."

The phrase 'honest mistake' has almost become a codeword in Celtic circles for dubious decision going against the club after a string of errors last season especially in Old Firm games.

"It's very rare that a linesman over-rules a referee on a penalty decision," Lennon continued. "It just seems to be one of a long line of decisions that have gone against us in the last 18 months.

"I don't want that to deflect away from what was a truly breathtaking performance from the team today. The fans appreciated it and it was as good a performance as I've seen for a long long time from a Celtic team.

"Every one of them was wonderful. We created chance after chance, particularly in the second half and there was a real belief about them. There was some huge performances out there, I'm very proud of them." Dundee had equalised before the break when a David Goodwillie shot struck Glenn Loovens and deflected past Fraser Forster into the net.

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