Neil Lennon has admitted that he was not happy with referee Bobby Madden’s display in Celtic’s 2-0 display over Hearts.
Celtic managed to come out with a 2-0 win away from Edinburgh with goals from Ryan Christie and Olivier Ntcham securing all three points. They now have a 5 point lead at the top of the Premiership table over Rangers. Although Steven Gerrard’s side have a game in hand, they will have to travel to Hibernian next, a fixture that they have struggled with in the past.
Thus, Neil Lennon has a lot of things to be happy about at the moment. But referee Bobby Madden’s performance in yesterday’s game against Hearts is not one of them. The Celtic boss described himself as ‘exasperated’ while talking about some of the decisions of Madden on Wednesday.
Speaking to the Daily Record after the match, Lennon said:
“I was exasperated, yes. We’ll leave it at that. The referee is a top referee… I’m allowed to get exasperated at some decisions sometimes.
“I was so pleased with a lot of the performances tonight. More importantly the manner we approached the game because we knew Hearts would be up and at it, and they were.
“It puts pressure on the rest of the teams around us to win their games. That’s what we set out to do tonight, win the game, and we’ve done that with a bit of style as well.”
The biggest issue with Madden’s performances was the inconsistency of his decisions. He produced the yellow card almost at his whim as he looked to assert his authority over the game. This resulted in a total of 6 yellow cards being dissed out with Celtic players picking up two while Hearts picked up four of them.
The most baffling decision from Madden probably came in the 42nd minute when he booked Kris Ajer for what was nothing but a slight push on a Hearts player. Thankfully, Celtic did not let the bad officiating come in the way of their game though as they picked up the win to pile the pressure on Rangers, who will now travel to Hibernian knowing anything less than a win could have huge implications on the title race.