Celtic manager Neil Lennon has called on the SFA to hammer Craig Brown for his bust up with Motherwell chairman John Boyle, like they hammered him over his clash with Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist.
Lennon was asked if he would be looking at how the SFA dealt with Craig Brown, Lennon stated, “Yes, I will. I just want to be treated like any other manager. Is anything different from what Craig Brown did to what I did? All these people are telling me I’ve got to grow up and I need to show more maturity. Well, there is the oldest manager in the game – with 30, 40 years of experience – probably doing a lot worse than what I did. Yet what he did gets laughed off and I get demonised for it.”
He continued, “There is a difference in personalities and the way you portray it in the public eye. I am used to it. I am not looking for sympathy. I’m just looking for fairness, that’s all. Other managers criticise referees. Am I the only manager in the world who criticises referees? Sometimes it has seemed that way this season. I have been to the SFA a couple of times and I ended up getting a suspended fine because my comments were not really that bad. They weren’t personal, that is for sure, and no different to what other managers do.”
The Celtic manager was then asked if he felt he had been treated differently he said, “It’s a good question. Yeah, I do but again that is maybe me being me. Other people might tell me differently. The six-game ban for the original incident at Tynecastle, I felt was a gross over-reaction. I think of the way I am portrayed in certain quarters of the media – I had that as a player. You get used to it. I wasn’t a dirty player, far from it. Never left my foot in late, very rarely. I had a very good disciplinary record, but the way I am portrayed up here, people would beg to differ.”
On that Old Firm game at Celtic Park, Lennon said, “I don’t think my role in the Old Firm Cup game was that bad. There were a lot of people joining in making it look a lot worse.”
The SFA Disciplinary Committee will not convene until later in the month to discuss the incident between Motherwell Chairman John Boyle and Aberdeen manager Craig Brown.