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Lennon laughs as Celtic hit six

CELTIC 6 DUNDEE UTD 2

Ronnie Esplin

Published 17/02/2013 | 04:00

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Neil Lennon was able to joke about the controversial penalty awarded against Celtic and saved by Fraser Forster at Parkhead.

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Neil Lennon was able to joke about the controversial penalty awarded against Celtic and saved by Fraser Forster at Parkhead.

The champions responded well to losing an 11th-minute goal to Tannadice midfielder Stuart Armstrong with efforts from Efe Ambrose, Kris Commons and Joe Ledley.

However, at 2-1, the visitors were handed the chance to draw level when referee Bobby Madden surprisingly pointed to the spot after Celtic defender Adam Matthews tackled Gary Mackay-Steven, but Forster saved from Jon Daly.

Commons grabbed his second from the spot 10 minutes into the second half before Anthony Stokes notched a double to complete the rout, with Johnny Russell scoring late on for the Taysiders.

There were suggestions later that Madden had awarded the penalty for tugging, and the irony was not lost on Lennon. He revealed that Celtic would be seeking "clarification" over referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco's performance during Tuesday's 3-0 Champions League defeat by Juventus, when he allowed blatant manhandling of Hoops players to go unpunished.

The Celtic boss laughed when he said: "I wish Bobby had been refereeing on Tuesday night. It was never a penalty. We scored six goals and it could have been a lot more. We went out and played like a Champions League team today."

Lennon over-ruled Stokes, who had wanted to take Celtic's penalty, which the striker had won. The former Celtic skipper said: "Yes, I sent the message on through Adam.

"Anthony was going to take it but I wanted Kris to take it as he had scored the last two. I was sitting there thinking, 'Oh God if he misses it I am going to get pelters (abuse) – but thankfully he didn't."

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