Date: 17th May 2019 at 6:50am
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Neil Lennon has delivered the perfect put down to the attempt from Ibrox to get Jozo Simunovic suspended.

On Tuesday night as an un-named spokesman delivered a vigorous defence of Jon Flanagan to the Evening Times including a classic example of ‘whataboutery’.

For reasons only known to referee Kevin Clancy the former Liverpool defender was only booked for elbowing Scott Brown in the jaw but that mistake was picked up on by the Compliance Officer.

The vigorous defence will be heard today at Hampden which is likely to cite a clash between Jozo Simunovic and Jermain Defoe.

Celtic resisted joining in a ‘Old Firm row’ but at his media conference Lennon made his feelings clear.

The Sun reported:

Lennon kept his composure when asked about Rangers’ angry statement over Jon Flanagan’s SFA disciplinary charge for elbowing Scott Brown and their complaints about Jozo Simunovic’s clash with Jermain Defoe.

He added: “Look, they are good at making statements. We are above all that.

The only thing I want to say is it’s a straight red card. We should feel aggrieved Jon Flanagan didn’t get a red. That’s all I want to say on it.”

Flanagan becomes the sixth player to be given a retrospective suspension for incidents missed by match officials in games against Celtic.

Previously Scott McKenna, Dolly Menga, Steven MacLean, Darnell Johnson and Ryan Kent have been given two matches bans, benefiting opponents rather than Celtic who should have been playing against 10 men or in the case of Kent nine men since Alfredo Morelos had been sent off earlier.