Stephen Craigan slammed the “primary school” conduct of Chris Sutton as the Old Firm meltdown continued on BT Sport today.
The pundits had a heated exchange as they discussed the flashpoints of last Sunday’s explosive encounter and how Rangers and Celtic have both pointed the finger elsewhere this week.
Following the red cards handed out to Alfredo Morelos and Andy Halliday during and after the match, Ryan Kent has been hit with a two-match ban and Scott Brown has been cited for his goading celebrations.
Speaking on BT Sport, Sutton said: “All this citation stuff, we are going to end up where fans feel offended when a player scores a goal. I don’t care the Rangers players did a huddle at Parkhead – it’s good, it’s banter, get over it.
Craigan responded by saying: “I’ll tell you the bigger picture, our two top clubs all week since that game have pointed the finger passed on responsibility,” before Sutton interrupted with: “There’s only one club pointing the finger.”
His fellow pundit was having none of it, saying: “There’s the example, there’s the perfect example – it wasn’t us, it was them – I done that at primary school. We’re grown men.”
Halliday: Daft as they come.
But 'first class' behaviour from Scott Brown?!"
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Football Insider verdict:
You can see Sutton’s point about how players must be able to celebrate victories and joyous moments like goals. But he has gone too far in defending Brown and claiming he did little wrong. The same goes for Celtic. The captain’s behaviour at Parkhead last Sunday was an embarrassment. In terms of standards of behaviour on a football field, the 33-year-old came up woefully short. His behaviour in getting Alfredo Morelos sent off was snide and with a whiff of maliciousness. Those claiming “it’s a man’s game” and lauding Brown for his use of the dark arts to gain an advantage are welcome to their opinion. But, “first class” behaviour, as Celtic assistant boss John Kennedy said? Pull the other one. Brown will surely look back in the future at how he got Morelos sent off and then wound up the Rangers players and fans afterwards with his provocative celebrations in front of them, and feel his conduct was embarrassing. If not, there’s something wrong.
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