Lennon in the dock at Hampden

Neil Lennon’s battle with the SFA begins today when the Celtic boss is up at Hampden on two of a possible five disciplinary charges.

The Northern Irishman has to explain criticism of referee Willie Collum after the Scottish Communities League Cup final defeat to Kilmarnock at the national stadium where he deemed the official’s decision not to award the Hoops a late penalty as “criminal”.

The following week Lennon was sent off by referee Calum Murray at the interval in the 3-2 SPL defeat by Rangers at Ibrox.

The Northern Irishman is also under investigation for remarks made before the SPL game against St Johnstone at Celtic Park at the start of the month but that will be dealt with at a later date or dropped.

However, fresh charges are likely to be brought next week following the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final 2-1 defeat by Hearts at Hampden on Sunday.

Lennon marched onto the pitch to confront referee Euan Norris after he awarded a last minute controversial penalty for handball and later re-tweeted a comment from Celtic supporter @DazDiCanio which suggested the club: “pack our bags and get out of this league that is run by crooked £SFA officials”.