Celtic boss Neil Lennon slammed a penalty decision as his team’s double dream died with their Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Hearts on Sunday.
Referee Euan Norris was accused of making ‘personal’ decisions by Lennon after he awarded a late penalty in the Hampden Park clash.
Former Celtic star Craig Beattie smashed the penalty home to secure a 2-1 win for his team and set-up an Edinburgh derby against Pat Fenlon’s Hibs in the Scottish Cup final next month.
Lennon was livid with referee Norris afterwards and continued to be critical in a Twitter rant on Sunday night.
After clashing with Norris on the pitch at the end of the game, Lennon tweeted: “Referee told players he thought [Victor] Wanyama handled...feel so sorry for players and fans...I think it’s personal myself.”
Later Lennon 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”.
The Celtic boss will be in hot water after his latest remarks as he is already fighting two other charges relating to criticism of referee Willie Collum after the Scottish Communities League Cup final defeat to Kilmarnock and his half-time dismissal by referee Calum Murray during the recent 3-2 SPL defeat at Ibrox.
Celtic coach Alan Thompson confirmed after the game that Lennon had also confronted Norris in the referees’ room.
Thompson said: “I think he has been in, yes, but I wasn’t there so I don’t know what was said.
“We are all angry. We have just lost the semi-final of the cup when there were 92 minutes on the clock, it is frustrating.”