Monday 20 November 2017

Lennon: I don't get fair deal

Neil Lennon claims he is at times "demonised" by the Scottish media.

The Celtic manager admits "deeply" regretting confronting Euan Norris after the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Hearts at Hampden Park just over a fortnight ago and plans to apologise to the referee.

However, the Northern Irishman, alluding to the furore which followed the touchline bust-up he had with then Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist at the end of an Old Firm game at Parkhead in March 2011, believes his persona is unfairly represented.

"I saw the greatest manager in the game last night (Alex Ferguson) having a spat with Roberto Mancini and people enjoyed it, enjoyed seeing Alex show that passion, that he was up for the fight," said Lennon.

"I enjoyed it. Two managers sticking up for their own teams. Has there been a huge public outcry about what happened? No. They talk about a bit of a spat -- big deal.

"When we do it up here, it's two pages full and I get singled out, I get demonised, I'm this snarling sort of presence on the touchline. I don't think I get a fair deal at times."

The Celtic boss, who has just served a two-match touchline ban for criticising referee Willie Collum following the Scottish League Cup final defeat by Kilmarnock in March, has been issued with a notice of complaint accusing him of breaching three Scottish FA rules relating to Hearts' 2-1 victory, which came courtesy of Craig Beattie's controversial late penalty.

Irish Independent

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