Neil Lennon faces Scottish FA charge over celebration

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon has been charged with misconduct by the Scottish FA following his celebration of their fifth goal in the 5-5 draw with Rangers.

The 46 year old ran onto the pitch after his scored a late equaliser and proceeded to do an aeroplane celebration, before being sent to the stand by referee Bobby Madden.

Lennon insisted that he only reacted after sectarian abuse from Rangers fans.

The Northern Irishman said: “They make it personal, don’t they? You all hear it. They were singing sectarian songs at me.

“It was just a little bit of, ‘have some of that’. It was worth it. Trust me. Bobby was fine about it. I should not get a ban for that, I was nowhere near them. I was just letting them know how pleased I was to get the equaliser.

“Yes, there is a suspension still hanging over me but I would like to think [there are mitigating circumstances]. It was harmless, was it not? The sending off is enough and I should not get further punishment for that.

“I was nowhere near them. I was about 50 yards away when I stopped - just as well! It was worth it, I enjoyed the moment.”

If Lennon is found guilty, it would trigger a suspended two match ban after the former Celtic manager confronted referee Kevin Clancy during the 2-2 draw with Kilmarnock back in February - when he was hit with a three game ban.

The Easter Road side have until 22nd May to respond to the charge, with a hearing set for 21st June.