Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths won’t face retrospective punishment from the Scottish FA for an alleged stamping incident at the weekend, The Glasgow Times report.
Griffiths found himself in a tangle with Sam Woods during Sunday’s 4-1 win over the relegation-threatened side, before being booked by the referee after back and forth pushing with Alex Gogic.
In recent days there’s been something of a media clamouring for Griffiths to be handed a ban with prominent pundits suggesting that the governing body would cite him.
As quoted by The Daily Record, former Scotland international James McFadden said: “I do think that the SFA will look at it because there’s an argument that the defender had a hold of his foot but I think he could have avoided the defender.
“So I wouldn’t be surprised if they have a look at it and potentially add to the punishment.
“I can see the referee being confused over whether Leigh could have got out of the way.
“I think he was very fortunate to stay on the pitch and as I said I think the SFA will look at it and probably look to add to the punishment as I said.”
BT Sport pundit Ally McCoist also suggested it should have been a sending off during his post-match analysis on Sunday.
Celtic’s stance made clear
Lennon had already commented on a potential disciplinary process earlier today, stating that he “would be bewildered” if Griffiths landed in hot water for the incident.
Another showdown between the club and Hampden decision-makers could have been in the offing but The Glasgow Times reports a panel of experts did not think he deserved a red card.
Clearly this is the correct call and we can look forward to Griffiths taking his place in the starting eleven alongside Odsonne Edouard in coming matches.
The duo have struck up quite the partnership and it would have been a crying shame to see that disrupted because of a silly disciplinary decision.