Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has blasted Rangers fans after he was sent to the stand by referee Andrew Dallas in the final minutes of the 5-5 draw between the Gers and Hibs at Easter Road.
After Hibs striker Jamie MacLaren grabbed an injury-time equaliser, Lennon ran onto the pitch to celebrate – and insisted it was some payback after being subjected to “sectarian songs.”
Lennon said that fourth official Bobby Madden was “fine” with his celebration and claimed that it shouldn’t land him a Scottish FA ban – despite currently serving a two-match suspended ban.
“Well they make it personal don’t they? You all hear it,” Lennon said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“They are singing sectarian songs at me. It’s just a little bit of ‘have some of that’.
“It was worth it. Trust me. Bobby was fine about it. I should not get a ban for that. I was just letting them know how pleased I was to get the equaliser.
“I enjoyed the moment. It was a big jumbo jet there.”
Football Insider verdict
Lennon’s behaviour was more that of a child that a professional football manager – provocation or not. If Lennon has an issue with the singing directed towards him then there’s a way for him to raise that. Running onto the pitch and celebrating like a “big jumbo jet” isn’t it, as crazy as it might seem. There is sympathy to be had for Lennon but sometimes his reaction doesn’t do him any favours and isn’t going to see him escape a ban. Sometimes the Celtic legend needs to learn to walk away instead of trying to divert further attention onto himself – like at Tynecastle in midweek. That said, some of the singing aimed at the Hibs boss is disgusting and has no place in a football stadium in 2018 regardless of who it is aimed at. Rangers fans would be quick to be outraged – and rightly so – if one of their players came in for similar abuse at grounds across country.