Neil Lennon has come to the defence of Leigh Griffiths, as the Celtic man waits on a potential SFA charge.
The Daily Record reported that Griffiths will find out later on Tuesday if he was to be cited for an incident with Hamilton’s Sam Woods, as he could face a charge that he allegedly stamped on the Hamilton player.
The incident has certainly stirred up some opinions, and Hamilton boss Brian Rice believes that Griffiths should have been sent-off.
“I don’t think there is any debate it was a red card for Leigh Griffiths” he said, as quoted by the BBC.
Now Neil Lennon has had his say on the matter, ahead of Celtic’s trip to Motherwell on Wednesday.
“There was no malice”
“I’d be very disappointed. I saw it at the time, there was no malice in it. I would be bewildered if anything came from that at all” Lennon said, as quoted by Radio Clyde sports reporter Andrew Maclean on Twitter.
Neil Lennon on a potential Leigh Griffiths SFA charge:
“I’d be very disappointed. I saw it at the time, there was no malice in it.
“I would be bewildered if anything came from that at all. I think his leg was trapped and he was trying to get up”. pic.twitter.com/rMdkPbsnDo
— Andrew Maclean (@_AndrewMaclean) February 4, 2020
It is good to see Lennon stand up for his player, and in what is bound to be a controversial decision by the SFA one way or another.
Hoops should condemn any charges
You have to think that if Griffiths is charged then Celtic will vigorously defend their player.
Perhaps the club would even release a statement condemning the decision to charge the Hoops striker.
Only time will tell on that front. Hopefully the SFA do the sensible thing and elect not to charge Griffiths, as it wasn’t that serious of an incident.
The club seem to have made their view of the incident clear following Lennon’s comments.
The Hoops boss’ comments should be welcomed by the Celtic support. Celtic needs to stick up for its players.