Neil Lennon clears up post Livingston goal act

By Hamish Carton

March 5, 2020

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has disclosed why he asked his players to calm down and concentrate after Tom Rogic’s late equaliser against Livingston last night.

As we told you after the game, confusion reigned supreme in the BT Sport commentary booth as Lennon sent the surprising message to the Hoops team after they levelled the match in the dying embers.

Many would have expected Lennon to roar his team on to find a late winner, leading some to believe that he knew Rangers were losing.

It was a nervy night for Lennon (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But the Northern Irishman says that wasn’t the case.

“I didn’t know the score (at Ibrox),” he told BBC Sportsound after the match.

“I’m thinking, we’ll have to take a point, and then I just heard the news from the other side of Glasgow.

“We’ve extended our lead which just shows you sometimes you get what you deserve.”

Celtic surged further ahead of Rangers (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

A point was a decent result on the night

Lennon’s post-goal reaction was a little surprising at the time, with virtually every Hoops fan keen to see us go on and a get a winner, but it is easy to see where he was coming from.

Just a week ago, after we equalised against Copenhagen, the team were cut open by the Danes after going all out to find a winner.

It was something that was criticised heavily by fans and pundits alike, so it’s refreshing to see Lennon learning from his mistakes.

Livingston were looking pretty dangerous on the counter attack with Lyndon Dykes so it didn’t make much sense for us to go all out to get the win and risk losing the match.

Dykes was a constant menace last night (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Even if Rangers had won last night, there’s an argument that a draw wouldn’t have been an awful result for us.

Yes, we’re Celtic and we should be winning every match. But that isn’t always possible.

Livingston are a really tough proposition at home – perhaps the toughest away day in the league. To get out of there unbeaten isn’t awful considering what happened to us back in October.

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