Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted that he is bemused by a decision which took place in the recent 3-1 loss to Copenhagen, the Daily Record reports.

With the game still tied at 0-0 early in the second-half, Callum McGregor thought he had given the Hoops the vital breakthrough in the game, and put Celtic in charge of the tie.

However, the goal was disallowed for a foul on Copenhagen goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson.

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Lennon has disclosed that he wasn’t happy with the decision made by referee Artur Dias.

“I wondered why”

“I wondered why it wasn’t allowed even at the time” Lennon said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon on the touchline vs Copenhagen

Celtic manager Neil Lennon on the touchline vs Copenhagen / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“That would have put us in the ascendency and it was a great finish from Callum, so I was very disappointed with that decision.”

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Still, despite the goal being disallowed, Celtic really should not have performed as badly as they did in the second-half, and Lennon will know this more than anyone.

 

The Hoops really did have a great chance of making it through to the last 16 of the Europa League for the first time in the club’s history.

Hoops were better side for large parts of both games

What will make the defeat all the more annoying for the Hoops boss and his staff is that for the most part Celtic were the better team in both games.

However, the Hoops didn’t take the chances and as a result the European adventure has ended for another season.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Now Lennon must get his players up and ready to go for Celtic’s Scottish Cup tie against St Johnstone on Sunday, where the team’s treble dreams will be on the line.

Thankfully the team has responded to any setbacks this season in style, by going on winning runs, so Lennon will have no fears that the Hoops are capable of going to Perth and winning comfortably.

Still, that won’t take away from the disappointment of the defeat to Copenhagen.

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