Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was livid after a dreadful by Hearts’ Steven Naismith on Scott Brown was missed by referee Bobby Madden.
Rodgers has went as far as to call for the SPFL to take a look at the challenge and give the player a retrospective red card, after Naismith was seen to stamp on Brown during the match which the Hoops won 3-1.
“You only need to see it. The ball was gone and the follow through is there to see,” Rodgers said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
“The ball was well gone and it wasn’t just late, it was very late. It will be just interesting to see what the authorities make of that.”
Despite the dreadful challenge, Brown picked himself up and was one of the Hoops’ star men in the win over Craig Levein’s side.
Football Insider verdict
Naismith’s challenge was dreadful and it is well worth the authorities having a look at it. There was no intention of going for the ball, and it looked like he set out to ‘do’ Scotland’s player of the year, who seems to be a marked man these days. It is the measure of Brown’s maturity though that he managed to get through the rest of the game without any further incidents, when in the past there would have been a danger that he would have gotten himself sent-off. The bottom line is though, the compliance offer must look at the challenge by Naismith and give him a three match ban, the tackle was reckless and deserves to be punished, and it he gets away with it the complaints will no doubt be long and loud from the Hoops fans, and Rodgers wouldn’t be pleased either, as he has made his feelings on the incident well-known.
In other Celtic news, a Hoops player is in danger of missing the Scottish Cup Final