Blackburn manager Steve Kean sympathises with the frustration Neil Lennon failed to keep in check at the end of Sunday’s 2-1 William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Hearts at Hampden.
The Celtic boss, with three disciplinary cases pending, two of which will be heard by the Scottish Football Association’s judiciary panel on Thursday, is in trouble again after his confrontation with referee Euan Norris.
Lennon was livid that Norris had awarded Hearts a controversial last-gasp penalty when a shot from Jambos skipper Marius Zaliukas hit the arm of Joe Ledley before brushing the hand of Victor Wanyama, and was further enraged when the official refused Celtic a penalty in injury time when the ball appeared to come off the arm of Hearts defender Andy Webster.
Kean, at Hampden where he was talking to coaches at the SFA’s continual professional development seminar, said: “It is difficult. Emotions are running high, believe me it is very hard to try to keep your composure when you feel that (a decision) has been so obvious.
“You have to try to see it from (the officials’) point of view and hope that the decisions get more consistent and are the proper decisions.
“I feel for any manager when they feel they are on the wrong side of a decision, especially at a time when it counts for so much, a semi-final, the last couple of games in the league where you could be fighting for a European spot or to win the league, or to avoid being relegated.
“I feel for anyone who is on the wrong side of it.”
Kean, fighting to keep Rovers in the Barclays Premier League, does not believe that Lennon’s battles with officialdom will lead to him leaving Parkhead at the end of the season.
“I do not think he will,” he said.
“I know him pretty well and I think he is a character who will come through these small challenges, I am sure he will not walk away.
“I think you get these challenges sometimes and you have to come through them.
“By the time you get to the end of the season, in a strange way, you are glad of them because it has made you more resilient, and it can only make you better.”
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