Celtic boss Neil Lennon isn’t happy with a recent decision made by the SFA – and he is right not to be.
The Scottish football governing body recently disclosed that the Hoops had been charged with breaching Disciplinary Rule 204 in a recent match against Hamilton.
That meant that the team failed to act ‘in an orderly fashion’ during the game – presumably a reference to Leigh Griffiths’ incident with Sam Woods.
Lennon wasn’t impressed with the SFA’s decision.
“I thought it was ridiculous” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“We’ll wait and see what happens, but I didn’t think there was anything in it. The media didn’t even ask me about it, so I’m hoping nothing comes of it. I’m surprised by it.”
Lennon is correct to be critical of the decision to charge the Hoops. These incidents happen in the heat of the moment in football.
There was nothing really in the incident between Woods and Griffiths. The pair might have clashed, but it wasn’t worth a potential fine over.
Board could repeat recent positive step
It will be interesting to see if Celtic decide to make a public statement about the issue. The club haven’t been shy in doing that sort of thing before, most recently in the Sky Sports/Alfredo Morelos translation saga.
That was a positive step from the Celtic board, as it showed that they are willing to stand up for the club. Perhaps it is something that will happen once more with this latest incident.
The Woods/Griffiths incident was the one which could have seen Griffiths charged with a ‘stamp’ on the Hamilton player, but the SFA might the right decision in this case and elected not to charge the player, as reported by the Daily Record.
All the focus at the moment should be on the brilliant football Celtic are playing, especially in the second-half of the 4-0 win over Motherwell on Wednesday.
Unfortunately, the Hoops boss is forced to talk about an SFA decision after the game. No wonder he seems upset.