Parkhead legend Neil Lennon has blasted Scott Sinclair for his “disgraceful” dive to win a penalty in Celtic’s 2-0 Scottish League Cup final win over Motherwell.
Sinclair went to ground under the slightest of contact which resulted in referee Craig Thomson awarding a spot-kick and sending off ‘Well defender Cedric Kipre with the score still at 1-0.
Moussa Dembele stepped up to score the resulting spot-kick and killed the game off as a contest as Celtic saw out a comfortable win.
The Hoops never looked like losing the game but now could be without Sinclair for a number of matches if the Scottish FA’s compliance officer decides his antics merit being reviewed.
Lennon took aim at both Sinclair and Thomson over the decision which left Motherwell on the ropes as they looked to win their first trophy since the Scottish Cup win in 1991
“I have to say the decision’s disgraceful,” Lennon told BT Sport‘s live post-match coverage of the final on Sunday afternoon. “The penalty decision’s disgraceful. I don’t like to see that sort of thing.
“There’s minimal contact, the player goes down.
“And not only do they get the penalty against them, they get a red card as well.”
Lennon had two spells at Celtic as a player before returning as part of the coaching staff and becoming manager.
Over his two spells with the Hoops, Lennon lifted eight Scottish titles, six Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups.
Lennon left the Hoops in 2014 before returing to Scottish football with Hibs in 2016 and leading the Edinburgh side to promotion back to the Scottish Premiership.
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