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Lennon might need little help from friends if ban appeal fails

Neil Lennon has yet to consider any contingency plan should his appeal against a six-match touchline ban fail.

The Celtic manager made his last scheduled appearance in the dugout in Saturday's win at Hibernian -- which consolidated Celtic's lead at the top of the SPL.

A 15th win from 21 games this season means Celtic are five points clear of Rangers, but their Old Firm rivals have three games in hand, beginning with tomorrow's clash against Inverness.

The Celtic boss is yet to discuss with his assistants Johan Mjallby and Alan Thompson what'll happen if he is banished to the stand.

"I haven't a clue what we will do if I am banned," said Lennon, who is appealing the six-match touchline ban imposed after he was sent to the stand by Craig Thomson during a defeat by Hearts last November.


Lennon was his usual animated self in the technical area at Easter Road, despite the presence of referee Thomson and another official who has angered him in recent months -- fourth official Willie Collum.

The Celtic manager had no complaints with the officiating as Dubliner Anthony Stokes scored twice -- his first from the penalty spot -- after the returning Gary Hooper netted the opener a minute before half-time.

Stokes is satisfied with Celtic's form, saying: "We've been hard to beat -- that's the main thing. We haven't lost a game in a while. We look solid and going forward we look a threat. Hopefully we can keep that up and get results."

Stokes left Hibs for Celtic last August, but has backed his former team in their battle for survival at the foot of the SPL.

"They have got good enough players to be doing a lot better than they are and maybe they just need a result to give them a bit of confidence," he added.

Irish Independent