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Celtic boss Lennon hits back at his critics

A tetchy Neil Lennon has hit back at criticism of his Celtic managerial style. Lennon came under fire in sections of the media after being sent to the stands by referee Craig Thomson during the 2-0 defeat by Hearts on Wednesday night for remarks made to the fourth official and linesman following a penalty claim which was turned down.

The fiery Irishman is currently embroiled in a battle with the Scottish Football Association and officials since referee Dougie McDonald lied to him about the penalty decision he rescinded in Celtic's win against Dundee United at Tannadice last month.

However, asked about the criticism, Lennon snapped: "I've been hearing this for 10 years, tempers, tantrums, the same regurgitated rubbish I got as a player I'm getting as a manager, by the same people.

"People can interpret it any way they want. I don't think I behave any differently from other managers.

"I don't know why (I get criticised), you would need to ask the people who make an issue of it.

"It just seems my behaviour gets exaggerated, maybe because of who I am and who I manage.

"You can never get caught up too much in the emotions of the game. You play it as you see it.

"I've seen other managers do it (watch from the stands), that's their choice and might be something I will do down the line - I might have to."

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