Neil Lennon has issued a passionate defence of Scott Brown and his players.
The Celtic skipper has been subjected to non-stop criticism since being elbowed and punched during Sunday’s derby match which the hoops won 2-1.
All sorts of claims have been made about Brown with goading apparently a crime in the eyes of many ranging from former players to pundits on television and radio fueled by social media maniacs.
On Thursday Brown was issued with a charge of not acting in the best interests of Association Football with Celtic promising to contest it vigorously.
Lennon will speak to the media today but setting the agenda before the cameras role he gave an interview to Celtic TV that clearly sets the agenda.
Asked about Celtic playing the victim card and the charge issued to Brown Lennon said:
My players have been exemplary, absolutely exemplary under immense provocation themselves.
Scott Brown has nothing to defend himself for, I think that his treatment on the pitch was nothing short of disgraceful. He’s been elbowed, he’s been hit in the face. He gets it, stands upto it and comes back for more and that’s the character of the man.
You get the usual nonsense, trying to put the eggs in the same basket, we are totally exempt from any blame from this whatsoever.
Celtic are now just four points away from clinching the title, if they beat Livingston tomorrow and Motherwell take a point from Steven Gerrard’s side on Sunday Celtic will be crowned champions.