Neil Lennon says that Celtic striker Albian Ajeti is “bewildered” by the Scottish FA decision to charge him for simulation against Kilmarnock.
Ajeti is facing a two-game ban after a three-man SFA panel reckoned he dived to win a penalty in Tuesday night’s match.
It’s a baffling decision and one which Celtic will appeal early next week.
The player himself clearly isn’t happy with it all.
Lennon told The Scottish Daily Mail (06/02 print edition, page 115): “‘He’s not upset. He’s just bewildered by it all. He just doesn’t understand why this charge has been brought. But we’re confident we can win the appeal.
“I couldn’t believe when I heard he’d been charged. You see some of the other things that are going on around the country that we don’t make a big deal of. I’m surprised but we’ll defend it.
“I’m pretty sure than one or two of the referees (in the media) said there was contact, so why this process is still ongoing I don’t understand.”
SFA could halt Albian Ajeti’s Celtic progress
Ajeti has waited a long time to get another opportunity in the Celtic team. His performance against Kilmarnock wasn’t blow-away but he still managed to win a penalty and score.
The striker will likely play against Motherwell today.
In fact, he is set to get a sustained run in Neil Lennon’s starting eleven, but the SFA charge obviously threatens that. No wonder he is bewildered.
Hopefully, the SFA see sense with Monday’s appeal and overturn the charge.
We could all do with the striker going on a scoring run between now and the end of the season.