Morton boss Jim Duffy denies asking Hibernian's Neil Lennon for fight
By Mark Ashenden
Last Updated: 30/03/17 11:55am
Jim Duffy has admitted to being "immature" for his reaction at Easter Road but rubbished claims he asked Neil Lennon for a fight.
The two managers were sent to the stands during angry scenes on Wednesday night as Hibernian and Greenock Morton played out a 0-0 stalemate in the Scottish Championship.
Both teams finished the game with 10 men after Darren McGregor and Morton's Kudus Oyenuga were red-carded following a flare-up in injury time with chaotic scenes involving both bosses and benches.
A statement released by Duffy, said: "Firstly, I would like to say that I watched the footage on television last night and, from my point of view, I was embarrassed when I saw my reaction.
"I am not going to get involved in a public debate with the Hibs manager, but what I would state is that I categorically, 100 per cent did not ask for a 'square go' or use anything even remotely like that term.
"Yes, I acted immaturely - but I'm not 12-years-old."
The hosts cemented their 10-point gap at the table's summit, while Morton moved above Falkirk into second spot with the point.
Lennon said after the game: "The guy tried to break my player's leg, then Darren McGregor goes over to him - and he feigns a headbutt, holding his face when Darren made no contact.
"The next thing I've got the Morton manager asking for a square go - fair enough, I won't back down, with their assistant manager, and their players coming at me.
"I reacted in the way any manager would. It was disgraceful and the Morton boy's behaviour was embarrassing."
Also speaking after the game, Duffy admitted the initial challenge was "poor", "dangerous" and "reckless" and added: "Unfortunately their bench reacted then our bench reacted - including myself. One or two things were said.
"It was a bit of a melee then the referee sent us both to the stands. It's something new to me. I've been in football a long time and I've never been sent to the stand before tonight.
"It's my first time but it's always good to lose your virginity, eventually. But there were no punches thrown. If I throw a punch you would know about it."
The two teams are due to meet again on April 8 at Cappielow.