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LENNON BACKS HIS ‘FRAGILE’ STARS

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NEIL LENNON admitted some of his Celtic players may be suffering a crisis in confidence after the 3-3 draw with Aberdeen at Pittodrie this afternoon.

The Hoops fought back twice to lead through goals from Callum McGregor, Leigh Griffiths and Ryan Christie, with a penalty-kick, before they conceded two crucial points deep in stoppage-time.

Referee Willie Collum awarded his third spot-kick of the day when he punished McGregor for a lunge at Connor McLellan and Lewis Ferguson, who scored a penalty in the first-half, drilled the leveller behind the static Scott Bain.

The draw followed last week’s 2-0 loss to Rangers and the 3-1 Europa League Group H reversal against AC Milan on Thursday to complete eight miserable days during Black October for the champions.

Lennon, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “Obviously, we don’t like dropping points.

“It’s a little phase that they are going through at the minute, a few of them might be a little bit fragile confidence-wise.

“It’s my job to keep them going and we will work through this. There are signs we are getting better, but we’ve got to stop inviting the pressure.

“We were sort of passive. There’s a minute to go in the first-half and we should play it forward rather than still trying to play.

“So, decision making has to be a little better and see the game out at 3-2. We had plenty of bodies to deal with it.”

The Parkhead gaffer wasn’t happy with the refereeing performance from Willie Collum and, speaking of some key decisions, added: “I’ll need to see them again, but I think the referee had a very poor game today.

“This is the first time really I’ve been semi-critical of a referee. I thought he was poor.

“In decision making, in being influenced by his assistants, some of the decisions were baffling. That’s not an excuse for us dropping points, but it didn’t add to what was an incredible game of football.

“I thought he was poor for a referee of his level.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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