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Lennon slams appalling referee Madden

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Neil Lennon Celtic newsNeil Lennon has slammed Bobby Madden’s performance in the St Mirren v Celtic match as appalling.

Madden made mistakes throughout the match culminating in a bizarre red card for Victor Wanyama followed by a penalty award to St Mirren for an incident outside the penalty box that involved no contact between Emilio Izaguirre andĀ Esmael Goncalves.

“That was the most appalling refereeing performance I have seen for a long, long time,” the Celtic boss 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 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.”

Lennon will appeal against Wanyama’s red card in a bid to have the African available for Saturday’s match against Hibs.

Kris Commons opened the scoring for Celtic but it was cancelled out by a second half penalty from Paul McGowan. Commons was later stretchered off with suspected ankle ligament damage.

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  • mark says:

    The ref was shocking today and the main stand linesman wasn’t any better if there not cheating scumbag zombies it means there shit at there job and should get the bullet. On the game itself time to drop hooper and foster the hearts just not init for hooper and the keeper can’t/won’t come for a cross his handling at times is terrible and his kicking well its been shite since day one,nobody tracks back when we lose the ball to busy blaming the nearest player to them and big useless punts up the park to nobody or 6″ 4 standing 4″4 jumping samaras unbelievable at times if we don’t improve soon we can forget about the cup lenny needs to get them playing or start dropping them and try someone else HH

  • Martybhoy says:

    Yes the referee was “appalling” today but that is now a total of 30 points dropped in the league.

  • Tam says:

    League performances have been terrible this year

  • Bobo says:

    Who cares. Here we go 2 in a row. Chico Green- number 1 fan…..he just can’t get enough ! Obsessed much ? When was the last time a Celtic chairman was at a sevconian game ? Google John Chalmers !

  • Monti says:

    Referee was a total noel hunt for BOTH teams today! Nothing wrong with st mirren goal that was chopped off & sami handled,it was a clear penalty! Wanyamas challenge was a yellow no worse & their player dived for a penalty! Disappointed with Celtic just now! HH!

  • eastside says:

    I don’t think St Mirren should have had a penalty for handball. Looks like Sammy thought Ambrose was gonna get a touch, there would be no reason for him to hand ball it there, ball hit him and no St Mirren player within about 8 yards, would have been extremely harsh imo.

  • Gerry says:

    Agree with lots of posters above. Ref was appalling, as we have been often. Thirty points is a shed load to have dropped given our resources against other teams.

    I’m tired of bleating against refs when we have so many glaring shortcomings.

    Couldn’t believe me ears when Lennon said he was happy with performance. Hopefully its s different matter behind closed doors.

    • mark says:

      A think he ment when we where down to 10 men mate don’t think he ment overall, It’s fine being fed up going on about refs but It’s game changing mistakes the clown was making today it wasn’t a throw in or a corner it was a guy sent off for next to nothing and a blatant dive out side the box and the idiot gives a penalty but your right about the points were giving away It’s not good enough by a long shot the players need a boot up the arse to many passengers HH

  • Andy says:

    Bobby Madden must never ref a game again any game his performance was truly shocking

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