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'Steven Gerrard has said one rational thing all week': Celtic's Neil Lennon blasts Rangers boss and 'made up' Scott Brown charge

Celtic manager Neil Lennon (right) has hit out at his opposite number Stephen Gerrard.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon (right) has hit out at his opposite number Stephen Gerrard.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has hit out at Rangers boss Steven Gerrard after both clubs were charged by the Scottish FA.

The Hoops won an ill-tempered derby game last Sunday, after which the two clubs, Gerrard, Rangers' Ryan Kent and Celtic skipper Scott Brown were all charged.

Lennon has spoken of his view that Celtic are 'exempt from blame' after the game.

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos was sent off for elbowing Brown and then team-mate Andy Halliday received a post-match red card for remonstrating with Brown over the Celtic captain's celebrations in front of the Rangers fans with a mass confrontation ensuing.

Added to that, Gers winger Kent was banned for two matches following a failed appeal of a charge of violent conduct as he appeared to strike Brown.

Gerrard said this week that Rangers have their 'own version of events which are totally different' than the charges suggest. Lennon, however, hit back at his opposite number on Friday.

He said: “The only rational thing Steven (Gerrard) has said this week from what I've seen is that they played the best team in the country on Sunday.

"Apart from that I disagree with probably 90% of what he's said from the game on Sunday."

Celtic skipper Brown has been accused of breaching a rule which states players must act in the best interests of football.

“The club will defend Scott Brown vigorously for any charges he’s been cited for," Lennon said.

"I think it's a massive deflection, all this noise this week about Scott. I think our players handled the game brilliantly and some of the opposition players did not. It's as simple as that. People are trying to drag Scott into this. We pride ourselves on our discipline. In the last seven seasons, we've had the best disciplinary record in five of those.

"The players here handle themselves with great humility and respect the opposition.

“I think it’s a trumped up charge. It's something that's been made up. I think it’s been concocted because of pressure from the media or elsewhere.

"They've had three players banned, we've had none yet Scott Brown is getting dragged into this for whatever reason, I don't know."

Steven Gerrard has accepted a one-match touchline ban for misconduct.

Celtic captain Brown and both clubs have until Wednesday to respond to their charges with hearings pencilled in for May 2 for all four cases.

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