Brendan Rodgers hits back in row with Craig Levein over Celtic player
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has hit back at comments made by Hearts manager Craig Levein about Hoops captain Scott Brown.
Levein claimed, as reported by BBC Sport, that players need more protection from Brown following an incident which left Hearts’ 16-year-old Harry Cochrane with a collarbone injury in the match between the sides on Tuesday.
However, the Hoops manager has angrily fired back at Levein’s comments.
According to Radio Clyde sports reporter Ronnie Chateris’ personal Twitter account, Rodgers denied that Brown, was an aggressive player, then questioned the idea of playing a youngster like Cochrane in such a big match.
He also revealed that his pre-match team-talk to his players was “the easiest” he has had to give in his time as Celtic manager, following the 4-0 win for Hearts over the Hoops in December.
Brendan Rodgers 100% refutes any claim Scott Brown is an aggressive player
Questions whether a 16-year-old should’ve been selected for a game of that magnitude
Says it was the easiest team talk he’s ever had to give in his 101 games at Celtic after last meeting with Hearts pic.twitter.com/ZTn0R0IWMa
— Ronnie Charters (@RonnieCharters) February 1, 2018
The Hoops certainly seemed fired up for the game as they stormed into a 3-0 lead in the first-half, thanks to goals from Odsonne Edouard, Dedryck Boyata and Moussa Dembele, in a game which eventually finished 3-1.
The victory over the Edinburgh side not only saw the Bhoys gain revenge over the Edinburgh side for the defeat in December, but it maintained the 11 point lead over Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.
The Hoops are next in action against Kilmarnock on Saturday.
In other Celtic news, Jack Hendry has revealed his delight at joining the Hoops
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