Lennon hits out at Neymar following Scott Brown's red card
Celtic boss Neil Lennon has hit out at Neymar following the dismissal of midfielder Scott Brown in Tuesday's 1-0 Champions League loss to Barcelona.
The Celtic skipper was sent off in the 59th minute of the tie in Glasgow after kicking Neymar in the back, after he had brought the attacker down during a Barcelona breakaway.
After the sending off Barcelona went on to make their man advantage count when Cesc Fabregas headed home Alexis Sanchez's cross 14 minutes from time.
It wasn’t all plain sailing though as the goal came shortly after James Forrest and Charlie Mulgrew had both gone close at the other end.
However, Lennon was quick to criticize the decision referee Stephane Lannoy made to show Brown the red card, and felt that Neymar's reaction to Brown's kick was unnecessary, reports Goal.com.
"I'm not convinced it is [a red card], if there is any contact, it's minimal. It changed the game, it's hard enough playing Barcelona with 11 men," the Northern Irishman told ITV Sport.
"He [Neymar] has a reputation in the game, he's a brilliant player, but sometimes he exaggerates things a little."