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Celtic manager Neil Lennon issued with a Scottish FA notice of complaint

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Pic: Actionplus.co.uk

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been handed a notice of complaint from the Scottish FA compliance officer Vincent Lunny, for using offensive language aimed at St.Mirren captain Jim Goodwin during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with the Paisley side.

Lennon is alleged to have breached Disciplinary Rule 203, which relates to misconduct at a match. It states: ‘Failure to behave in a responsible manner as an occupant of the technical area by repeated use of offensive, insulting and abusive language’

The incident in question followed a tackle by the St.Mirren skipper on Celtic midfielder Dylan McGeouch.

Lennon has a week to respond to the notice, with a three match suspended sentence already hanging over the Northern Irish after last season’s Scottish Cup semi final defeat to Hearts, if Lennon is found guilty it could see the three-man suspension being imposed.

Disciplinary Rule 203 in full: No member of Team Staff shall commit Misconduct at a match, including but not limited to committing acts of the kind described in the Schedule of Offences in Annex C (including where there is aggravation by any factor, including but not limited to prolongation of the incident; combination of different offences; continued use of offensive, abusing and/ or insulting language and/or behaviour; calling a match official a cheat and/ or calling a match official’s integrity into question; failure to comply with a match official’s requests; adoption of aggressive behaviour towards a match official; any racist, sexist, sectarian and/or otherwise discriminatory element; and the degree of any physical violence), breaching the Post Match Protocol and committing Unacceptable Conduct.

It is still not known if the Celtic manager will face further disciplinary action over his comments over the performance of referee Bobby Madden.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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