The internal Celtic reaction to SFA charge

By John McGinley

February 5, 2021

The Albian Ajeti SFA charge debacle will rumble on to a new week after it was confirmed Celtic will contest the decision.

The Daily Record reported last night that club sources told them internally Celtic were ‘astonished’ with the charge and would appeal to ensure that Ajeti was free to face Motherwell at Celtic Park tomorrow.

Neil Lennon confirmed that stance in a press conference today, telling reporters: “It is a penalty. He has had contact to the back of his foot/ankle.

“The keeper has made contact, he has gone down, the referee has given a penalty. I don’t see any simulation.

“Simulation is where there is no contact. There is obvious contact, you can see that quite clearly.

“I don’t understand why these charges have been brought up against Albian, we don’t agree with it at all so we will be appealing it of course.”

A hearing will now be set for early next week to determine the outcome of the charge. Celtic could hear by Monday what Ajeti’s fate is.

Celtic supporters and the club haven’t agreed on much this season, but it seems there’s a united front on this matter.

Fans have taken to social media over the last couple of days to defend Ajeti and point out that only by a very strange definition could his penalty win be deemed as cheating.

Lennon has finally said something supporters agree with!

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is unhappy with the SFA / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s unlikely that will win the majority over, however. The Green Brigade have staged a new protest calling for Lennon’s removal today, reigniting speculation on his future.

Still, it’s nice to be on the same page for one fleeting moment.

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