Tuesday 24 October 2017

Lennon hopes for calmer day at Tannadice

Ronnie Esplin

Neil Lennon is not expecting Tannadice to provide the same type of furore which arose when Celtic played Dundee United there in October.

A controversial penalty decision in the 2-1 win for the Hoops sparked a train of events which had Scottish football in chaos.

Referee Dougie McDonald awarded a penalty to Celtic at 1-1 before changing the award after speaking to linesman Steven Craven. The referee later admitted telling lies to Lennon about the circumstances surrounding his U-turn and Craven controversially quit in the immediate aftermath.

McDonald was reprimanded by the SFA, though they ruled that his decision was correct, before he also retired.

The following month, category one referees in Scotland took strike action in order to draw attention to what they perceived to be constant and excessive criticism.

The peace has been uneasy since, and all eyes will be on Mike Tumilty, who will be in charge at Tannadice tomorrow.

Celtic lead Rangers by five points at the top of the table, but there is concern at Ibrox about a possible fixture backlog.

Rangers have played two SPL games less than Celtic, whom they also play in their Scottish Cup fifth-round replay and the League Cup final next month.

With Rangers also having to play Sporting Lisbon twice in the Europa League, the champions may face four games in eight days before the SPL splits.

Dundee United v Celtic,

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