Lennon: Draw puts dent in title bid

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Neil Lennon admits Celtic's dramatic 1-1 draw against Hamilton has put a dent in their bid to strengthen their grasp on top spot in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Celtic had hoped to extend their lead over Rangers to 10 points with wins over Accies and then Hibernian this weekend, before their rivals are next in action. But those plans were scuppered when Simon Mensing grabbed a surprise opener for Hamilton, with Anthony Stokes netting for Celtic in the final minute from the penalty spot.

"It's put a dent on the run we were having," said Lennon.

"We expected to come here and do well. It's two points dropped from my point of view but there is a long, long way to go yet.

"We've got Hibs on Saturday and we just have to get that final pass better in the final third and we will be okay.

"I'm not unhappy with the team at the moment. Considering we've got five strikers out, it was a decent performance. The amount of chances we created was pleasing."

Lennon was highly critical of referee Willie Collum after the game.

He felt Niall McGinn should have been awarded a penalty instead of being booked for diving and was also furious Martin Canning appeared to be in an offside position for the Hamilton goal.

"All you want is for the official to do his job," he said.

"The player was in an offside position and he was blocking the goalkeeper's view. It's all right me banging on about referees but goals change games."

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