Celtic cruised past St Mirren on Wednesday night but the match wasn’t without controversy

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Neil Lennon insists Jim Goodwin is “well out of order” after the St Mirren boss accused Greg Taylor of diving.

The Celtic left-back won a penalty for his side during Wednesday night’s 4-0 win in Paisley, with Odsonne Edouard duly converting from the spot.

The game was in the balance at that point, with the champions only one goal in front heading into the final 10 minutes.

Following the penalty Celtic added two more late goals from Ryan Christie and David Turnbull, but Goodwin was thoroughly unimpressed with the manner in which Lennon’s side earned their spot-kick.

As quoted by Record Sport, the Buddies manager said: “The penalty the other night was a joke. We need to start naming and shaming.

“I’d be embarrassed if I was some of these players watching these incidents back. I’d really be cringing.”

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Those comments didn’t sit well with Lennon.

Record Sport quote him as saying: “He’s out of order – well out of order. Greg didn’t dive.

“It was quite clear he was pulled back and he was also clipped by (Ryan) Flynn at the top of his foot. The referee deemed it a penalty.

“I’m not having other managers accusing my players of diving when it’s clearly not true. Jim needs to rein it in a bit.

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“We’ve looked at it again and there are two contacts: one on his arm, and one on his foot. Whenever we get a penalty these days there is a whole controversy about it, but it is clear there was contact in the box.

“It was clear for (Albian) Ajeti, and it was clear for Taylor.”

Celtic return to league action this afternoon when they take on St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

A win for the visitors would see them reduce the gap at the top of the Premiership to 18 points.

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