Former Celtic boss Davie Hay has defended Neil Lennon’s celebrations after the Hoops’ last minute winner against Dundee.

Lennon ran down to celebrate with Hoops fans after Odsonne Edouard’s late goal. However, some criticised the celebration, with BBC pundit Tom English claiming that they were ‘embarrassing‘.

Come to the defence

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Hay has come to the defence of the interim Hoops boss though.

“I could understand Neil Lennon’s reaction at Dens Park last weekend” he told the Evening Times.

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“In some ways, I think it was simply a reaction to the situation he is. I also think there is an element of underlining just what it means to him.”


A tad bizarre

It is a tad bizarre that Lennon is being criticised for his celebrations. If it was for Celtic’s performance on the day then fair enough. It was a poor display. But surely a last-minute winner, especially when you haven’t played well is worth celebrating?

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Should Celtic defeat Rangers with a last-minute goal no doubt Lennon will be criticised if his celebrations are of an ‘over the top’ nature.

Football is often about emotions, and Lennon was simply displaying his after Celtic secured a vital three points in the title race.

Thankfully the international break will soon be over and focus can go back to matters on the park, and not issues like how to celebrate a last minute winning goal.