Celtic boss Neil Lennon hits back at Ibrox frustrations

By David Walton

December 9, 2019

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has hit back at frustrations over the offside call for our winner against Rangers.

The Hoops manager was able to win the club’s 10th consecutive domestic trophy with success over the Ibrox side yesterday. Our 1-0 win, courtesy of Christopher Jullien’s goal, was enough to down Steven Gerrard’s wasteful outfit.

However, Jullien’s strike was proven to be just offside. Steven Gerrard was quick to highlight it post-match (BT Sport). His captain James Tavernier then did likewise first chance he could post-match (Youtube).

Celtic had to battle for their Betfred Cup success yesterday (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

But Lenny isn’t having any of it. Speaking in the Scottish Sun, he stated that our offside call was the first decision Willie Collum gave us all game.

“I’ve not seen it back yet but that may have been the rub of the green we got from the referee – the first one all day. It was maybe the first decision that went our way.

“It’s a huge psychological lift. It’s huge today. We will have a good week this week, obviously we have the Cluj game and a few will get a rest, and psychologically it’s a massive shot in the arm for them in the circumstances.”

“Free-kick to Rangers”

The above phrase was something you would’ve heard the BT Sport commentary team say almost every two minutes. It’s no wonder that Lennon feels his side didn’t get much when it comes to the rub of the green.

Alfredo Morelos seemed to win free-kicks every time he went to ground (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Whenever Alfredo Morelos touched the ball, it felt as though all a Celtic player had to do was touch him and he would win a free-kick. Collum fell for it every time, and it gave Rangers plenty of opportunities to get the ball into our penalty area.

We all accept we got away with one yesterday. Jullien was offside. Boohoo. Rangers almost immediately got a penalty kick and a man-advantage. They had more than their fair share of decisions. If anyone tells you we got more than our own fair share, they’re kidding themselves on.

Celtic have nothing to apologise for. We’ve seen Rangers go mad for draws against us where we’ve outplayed them in recent years. Considering we actually showed some character to see the game through, we deserve tremendous praise.

Neil Lennon doesn’t need apologise for anything (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Over the years, we’ve seen enough decisions go against us in these games. Neil will know that more than anyone. You can’t help but feel some real satisfaction when we get one of our own.

The likes of Gerrard and Tavernier can moan all they want. At the end of the day, if they had a bit more class in their side, they would’ve been good enough to win the game despite the call.