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Celtic: Fans defend Neil Lennon after Hoops defeated at Livingston

Celtic: Fans defend Neil Lennon after Hoops defeated at Livingston

A selection of Celtic supporters have been replying to a post on the Hoops’ official Twitter account by defending head coach Neil Lennon, after his side were beaten 2-0 away to Livingston on Sunday.

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The result leaves the reigning Scottish Premiership champions second in the table, two points behind bitter rivals Rangers, after Steven Gerrard’s Gers put five past Hamilton Academical to bounce back from defeat at BSC Young Boys in the Europa League during the week.

Celtic had entered the weekend on a high having beaten CFR Cluj at Celtic Park on Thursday night by two goals to nil, but could not maintain their eleven-game unbeaten run across all competitions away to Livingston.

Goals by Scott Robinson and Lyndon Dykes saw that Lennon succumbed to only his second defeat since being given the permanent managers position in May (TransferMarkt), following a run of ten wins from 14 in charge while serving as the caretaker after Brendan Rodgers departed for Leicester City.

Things got off to a poor start for the Hoops at the Tony Macaroni Arena, as Ryan Christie was issued with a straight red card for an over the ball foul on Scott Robinson 26 minutes into the first-half, which former Celtic star Andy Walker described as a ‘stupid challenge’ while speaking on Sky Sports (via The Sun).

“It’s a stupid challenge,” he said. “It’s out of character but it absolutely merits a red card. Ryan Christie isn’t that type of player. But that’s a serious offence.”

Lennon later noted that he felt his side were ‘fine’ until the red card while speaking to Celtic’s official YouTube channel, when he said: “I thought we were fine until the red card.

“I mean, that’s obviously had a huge bearing on the game. Even at half-time, we’re well in the game. We were really passive for the first goal in terms of our pressing on the edge of the box. We let the guy come off us, get turned, and play a through ball under no pressure and that’s not like us at all.

“So then we had a bit of work to do and I thought at one-nil we were ok, we were forcing the issue without really creating anything clear cut but the pressure was mounting, and then we conceded a really poor goal from a straight free-kick over the top. So its something we have to accept.”

When Celtic later shared their interview with Lennon through their official Twitter feed, these were some of the reactions…

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