Dermot Gallagher delivers verdict on controversy in Celtic win v Hearts
Former English Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes that Hearts’ Steven Naismith should have been sent-off for a stamp on Celtic skipper Scott Brown.
The incident was missed by referee Bobby Madden, but Gallagher, appearing on Sky Sports News on Monday, feels that a red card was merited.
He was also very critical of a challenge by Naismith on Hoops winger James Forrest.
“It’s very naughty that is, he’s very naughty, the ball’s away, and there is no need to do that,” he said, whilst also describing a challenge by Naismith on Forrest as “not a good tackle” and that “he could well have broken his leg”.
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It seems likely that the SFA compliance officer will be looking at Naismith’s challenges, and it wouldn’t be a shock if he was awarded a three match ban.
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Naismith’s challenges were very poor, and whilst all the focus has been on the stamp on Brown, the tackle on Forrest was perhaps even worse, as it could have left the Hoops winger with a broken leg. Thankfully both players avoided injury and the Hoops went on to have the last laugh on the day with a 3-1 victory, but if Naismith isn’t challenged with violent conduct expect howls of complaints from the Hoops fans. It is testament to the abilities of Forrest and Brown that they just got up and continued playing even after being on the receiving end of such poor challenges, which is a testament to the mentality that has been ingrained in the squad in recent years, under manager Brendan Rodgers, they won’t be kicked around, and will usually have the last laugh on anyone who think that they can intimidate this all-conquering Hoops squad.
In other Celtic news, Callum McGregor has said that the Hoops won’t let up as the season reaches it’s climax