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Neil Lennon Backs Referee’s Decision to Show Him Yellow Card in Kilmarnock Win

Neil Lennon Backs Referee’s Decision to Show Him Yellow Card in Kilmarnock Win

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has backed the decision to show him a yellow card during his side’s win over Kilmarnock earlier today.

The Hoops stayed on top of the Premiership for at least one more week after coming from 1-0 down to beat the Ayrshire club, thanks to an Odsonne Edouard double and clever finish from Ryan Christie.

But, during the entertaining contest, Lennon was given an official caution by referee Bobby Madden after being reported by fourth official Greg Aitken, who was following this season’s new IFAB rules.

Speaking after the victory, via the Sun, Lennon gave the call a thumbs up, saying he actually thought the warning was a positive introduction.

The Hoops manager said: “It’s great. It’s like a warning to calm down. It’s fine.

“I’ve no issue with that at all. Bobby is a great official.

“I was talking recently about not losing my temper!

“I didn’t lose it that badly but you get a warning and that’s it.

“I was voicing my opinion to the fourth official, maybe a bit demonstrably and you’re not allowed to do that any more.

“But there’s no real issue there at all.

‘I was a bit disappointed with the penalty but I’m not going to criticise the referee for that.

“I was not happy with the yellow card because I just reacted the same way any other manager would have.

“But overall I thought the referee was fine.”

Celtic now face Partick Thistle at home in the League Cup quarter-finals, before travelling to Hibs next weekend in the Premiership.

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