Neil Lennon admits he has to improve behaviour

Celtic boss Neil Lennon ┬áhas admitted he needs to improve his conduct as he prepares for another meeting with the Scottish Football Association’s judicial panel on Thursday.

Lennon has just served a two-match touchline ban for criticising referee Willie Collum following his teams League Cup final defeat by Kilmarnock at Hampden in March.

Lennon will appear at Hampden again after being issued with a notice of complaint accusing him of breaching three SFA rules relating to Hearts’ 2-1 Scottish Cup semi-final victory.

The Northern Irishman ran on to the pitch to confront referee Euan Norris over the penalty award, which came when a Marius Zaliukas shot hit the arm of Joe Ledley and then brushed against Victor Wanyama.

Celtic were then denied a penalty when the ball struck Hearts defender Andy Webster.

Lennon “deeply” regrets confronting Norris and accepts that he was out of order.

“It was an instinctive reaction action born out of frustration more than anything else,” admitted Lennon. “I know I have to conduct myself better than that.

“I will be sending correspondence to the referee as an apology as well.

“It’s one actionable thing that I’ve done that I shouldn’t have done.

“I will go to the tribunal and hopefully get a fair hearing as I did the last time and take what’s coming.”

The two other charges Lennon faces relate to comments made on Twitter.

Lennon tweeted soon after the game: “Referee told players he thought Wanyama handled…feel so sorry for players and fans..I think it’s personal myself.”

He then re-tweeted a comment from a Celtic supporter which suggested the club “pack our bags and get out of this league that is run by crooked #SFA officials”.

Lennon said: “I don’t want to talk about that (tweeting) now, I will discuss my case on Thursday.

“But you can’t take away the human element from managers, we are human beings at the end of the day.

“There are times we get angry and aggrieved and make mistakes in that aspect of the game but I think I get a rough ride.

“Over the course of the season, up until the League Cup final, there was not one thing I did wrong.

“We had the incident at Ibrox [no further action was taken against Lennon after being sent to the stand at half-time] which I have had the hearing for.

“So over the course of the season we are talking about one incident, so I don’t think I have to change that much, but I will temper those actions if I can.”