Neil Lennon wants his Celtic team to rise above any refereeing errors v Rangers

By John McGinley

December 8, 2019

Neil Lennon has told his Celtic players to perform so well against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers that any refereeing blunders will have no say on the outcome of today’s match, The Scottish Sun report.

Scottish football refereeing is notoriously unpredictable and on the big occasions can alter the direction of results and silverware.

It’s something that Celtic have had a problem with for years, but the manager has made it clear it can’t be used as an excuse today, no matter what happens.

He wants his stars to step up to the mark at Hampden in such a way that negates any League Cup final controversy.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “It’s important to try to take that out of it. To try to be the dominant team in all aspects of the game.

“Then you don’t have to look at wrong decisions. You’ve got to take things like the referee out of it. You’ve got to keep your discipline and play as strongly as you can.

“It doesn’t need to end this week. Not on the run we’re on, not the way we’re playing. Not with the significance or magnitude of the game, or the opposition.”

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Who are today’s officials?

Willie Collum is the whistler in charge of proceedings today. He was also the man in the middle during our last final success, against Hearts in May’s Scottish Cup final.

Collum will be assisted by David Roome and Alan Mulvanny on the touchline, with Kevin Clancy on Fourth Official duties for the showpiece fixture.

As we know, Collum has had his fair share of howlers over the years so we can only hope he’s at the top of his game today.

Lennon is right to demand the best from his players and spot-on to suggest that if Celtic are good enough, the officiating won’t matter.

Whether it all turns out like that remains to be seen, but it’s clear that the manager is not interested in any excuses today.