Celtic 3 - 0 Motherwell

Match info: Scottish Premier at Celtic Park

Date: 18/01/2014 KO: 15:00 Ref: Att: 47,489

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Celtic

Kris Commons 5,39 (pen)
Stephen McManus 68 (og)

3
vs
0

Motherwell


FT (ht: 2-0)

  • Last Updated: January 18 2014, 20:26 GMT

Post-match reaction to Celtic's 3-0 victory over Motherwell.

Neil Lennon has something to say
Neil Lennon has something to say

Neil Lennon is "flattered" to be linked to Norwich - but the Celtic manager insists it is simply speculation that he cannot prevent.

According to reports, the Hoops boss emerged as one of the candidates for the Canaries job should Chris Hughton's position become untenable - although that possibility lessened following their 1-0 Barclays Premier League win over Hull today.

Lennon was speaking following Celtic's 3-0 home Scottish Premiership win over Motherwell where Kris Commons took his goal tally for the season to 19 with a double - the second from the spot - before former Hoops captain Stephen McManus scored an own goal.

When asked about the Carrow Road reports, the former Celtic skipper said: "It's just speculation - but I think they won today so I'm delighted for Chris. I think he'll be safe for another while.

"He's doing a good job there and keeping them out of the bottom three.

"I cannot help the speculation, I'm flattered, but he's a good man and a good manager in that job so good luck to him."

When Lennon was also asked about reported interest in Norwich forward Robert Snodgrass, he replied: "There's nothing in that. I'm going to get linked with a lot of players but I'm not going to talk about players who are contracted to other clubs.

"You end up with a Rene Meulensteen situation."

Press Association Sport understands West Ham made an official complaint to the Premier League following comments made by the Fulham manager in relation to an attempt to sign Hammers midfielder Ravel Morrison,

Commons does not want to see Lennon depart Parkhead but can understand interest in his boss.

"The more we do, the manager is going to be linked with various jobs," he said.

"It is probably the crunch time of the season when there is going to be ins and outs with managers, with teams not performing as well.

"Our manager is certainly one of the best in the country so he is going to be linked with many more I think."

Lennon revealed he would not be punishing striker Anthony Stokes, who was shown a straight red card by referee Bobby Madden late in the game for a challenge on Well skipper Keith Lasley.

He said: "I can understand the referee giving a red card - albeit I thought it was harsh myself.

"I thought Anthony made a genuine attempt to get the ball. He was late and it's one of those which can be a red card when other times it's not.

"He's feeling a wee bit disappointed. Normally I punish players for red cards but I won't be punishing him for this one."

However, Well manager Stuart McCall feared the tackle could have left him without his skipper for weeks, if not months.

"My initial reaction was just for the wellbeing of my captain because I thought it was a bad, bad tackle," he said.

"I wasn't up in arms trying to get him sent off. I just felt with the depth of our squad; we don't carry a great deal of players and I thought it looked like a tackle that would put Lasley out for weeks, if not months.

"Fortunately, it's not done that. I haven't seen it again. I felt it warranted a red card."

McCall believes Lasley's tackle on Adam Matthews earlier in the season which ended up with the Hoops full-back out for weeks following a collarbone injury might have been remembered on his return.

"I think there is bad blood towards Las from everyone that comes to this ground," he said.

"If you remember last time out here there was a collision with Matthews that was accidental but that put him out. So I think the Celtic fans probably think back to that."

Lasley admits he was glad he was able to ride the tackle.

He said: "I have maybe been fortunate in the fact that my foot was off the deck. But I am not going to be moaning about it, it is part of the game."


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