Lennon questions decisions

Celtic boss Neil Lennon admitted he has concerns over the

“standard of refereeing” after the 1-1 draw with St Mirren.

The visitors had Victor Wanyama dismissed for what appeared to

be no more than a foul on Paul McGowan – who then netted a late

penalty after Esmael Goncalves hit the deck at the edge of the

Celtic box.

St Mirren also felt they should have been awarded a spot-kick in

the opening half when the ball appeared to strike Georgios Samaras

on the arm, but Lennon feels referee Bobby Madden got that call

wrong as well.

“That was the most appalling refereeing performance I have seen

for a long, long time,” Lennon said. “I mean, you can’t get so many

big decisions so wrong, it is incredible.

“For me St Mirren should have had a penalty, it is a clear

handball. You don’t get many more as clean-cut as that so we dodged

a bullet there.

“Then I see (Beram) Kayal getting wrestled into the advertising

hoardings right in front of the linesman and he doesn’t give a

free-kick and two seconds later, I’ve got a man sent-off for

nothing and the penalty that St Mirren did get was outside the box

and there is no contact.

“So I am delighted that we got a point out of it but there is no

doubt that the referee’s decisions ruined what could have been

potentially a good game.

“The sending off is ridiculous and it changed the game. I am

concerned now about the standard of refereeing.

“I have kept my counsel on it for a couple of months but there

have been some really bizarre decisions, not just against my team,

which have baffled me.

“Today is by far the most blatant performance I have seen. It

was really poor.”