Lennon to learn cup final fate

23 May 2013 08:47

Celtic manager Neil Lennon will learn his William Scottish Cup final fate today when he appears before a Scottish Football Association Disciplinary hearing.

The Parkhead boss has been charged with breaching a touchline ban and could be barred from the dugout once more as his side look to complete as domestic double in Sunday's Hampden showdown with Hibernian.

The Northern Irishman will appear at the same meeting as compatriot Kenny Shiels of Kilmarnock, who has also been hit with an SFA notice of complaint.

Lennon has been accused of breaking the terms of his three-match suspension by entering the "playing zone'' within 15 minutes of the final whistle of Celtic's 3-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League defeat by Motherwell last month.

Shiels, who became involved in a public row with Lennon over the PFA Scotland player of the year shortlist, has been accused of breaking two rules with comments he made in a media interview in the days after the SPL champions' match at Fir Park.

Kilmarnock have also been hit with a charge relating to Shiels allegedly failing to comply with judicial panel protocol.

Former Celtic skipper Lennon revealed he had been summoned to the Fir Park match officials' room by referee Euan Norris after the second match of his three-game ban.

Lennon told Sky Sports after the match: "He called me into his room. It was about a number of things but we'll leave that confidential for now.''

The Celtic boss had seen a suspended three-match ban triggered by an SFA charge for using offensive language towards St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin.

Lennon had compared Shiels to comic character David Brent after the game following the Kilmarnock manager's reaction to the Celtic boss' criticism of the main PFA award shortlist, after no Celtic player was included.

Source: PA