Knocked out the League cup in the quarter finals after a “soft” penalty decision gave Aberdeen victory at the death over Falkirk, manager Steven Pressley would not have been blamed if he had spent his whole post match interview ranting about Steve O’ Reilly’s decision, however this was not the case.
Pressley said: “It's a sore one and everyone is disappointed but I don't want to talk about the penalty. I could talk about things and that will become a headline and I don't want that to be a headline. I want our performance to become the headline.”
A smart move from Pressley avoiding any backlash for the referee and instead highlighting the fact that his young squad with an average age of 23 nearly caused another cup upset after beating Hearts in the last round.
If only another ex Celtic player could handle defeat as well as Pressley.
Neil Lennon has confirmed that for the second week in a row Celtic will be writing to the SFA about decisions against them to ask why this is happening?
The SFA should reply that Referees and assistants are human, everybody makes mistakes, and Celtic are not helping with the amount of pressure they are putting on officials before and after games such as Willie Collum, before Old Firm game Lennon was in the papers speaking of his hope he was strong enough to take charge of the game and right after he was out berating him for THAT penalty decision.
Dougie Mcdonald is being hauled in front of the SFA this after Celtic’s visit to Tannadice last week involved an incident where he changed his mind of awarding Celtic a penalty after consulting with his linesman Steven Craven who has since resigned because of the backlash to the incident form Celtic and the media.
What Lennon doesn’t seem to understand is the fact that the RIGHT decision was made not awarding the penalty as the United keeper touched the ball, not the man so there should be no problem, however Celtic have a different stance on this.
The Old Firm match could be looked at again and before the penalty decision, Willie Collum could be seen to be wrong in not sending off Anthony Stokes, Georgios Samaras three times and Glen Loovens, all of Celtic who were lucky to stay on the pitch after many incidents, again Celtic have a different stance on this but they should look at themselves before blaming everybody else.
Willie Collum has received death threats from mindless idiots because of his mistake and Celtic complaining will not help the situation get any better but Lennon must look at the facts instead of for people to blame.
The facts show that Rangers beat Celtic on Sunday, not the ref and were already ahead before the penalty was awarded.
The facts also show that Lennon has failed every test he has been given as a manager so far at Celtic. Ross County, Braga, FC Utretcht and now the Old Firm game have shown Lennon still has much to prove and many problems to deal with, particularly his defence before he blames everybody else for his team’s problems.
If anybody still has doubts and believes Lennon and Celtic are in the right then this video will shed some light on why Lennon knows so much about diving for penalties and how his condemnation of the situation should raise a small chuckle