Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers believes that referee Craig Thomson sent-off Motherwell’s Cedric Kipre in the recent match between the sides for the intent in his challenge on Scott Brown rather than the actual challenge itself.

Kipre was dismissed in the first-half of the goalless draw for a crude attempt at winning the ball, and Rodgers claims that the player was sent-off for trying to ‘lash out’ at the Hoops skipper.

“I suppose it’s like a boxer – if he throws a punch and it doesn’t hit, does that mean it’s not right? Maybe that’s what Craig was seeing” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“He’s gone to lash out and has caught Browny a little bit, maybe not what you would expect to get sent off for.

“But Craig must have been looking at the intent of it.”

The Hoops were unable to take advantage of the ten men and were held to a goalless draw, but despite this they maintain a healthy 10 point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

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The debate over the decision to send-off Kipre will no doubt run and run, as it did change the nature of the game. The match had been even until the red card but unsurprisingly the Hoops dominated from the moment of the red card onwards. Arguably the Bhoys’ inability to defeat the ten men is an even bigger talking point than the red card but when you get a controversial incident of that nature it usually dominates all the after-match talking points. It is likely that Brown will shrug off the incident, as he has done some times throughout his decade with the Hoops, and get on with driving the Hoops towards another league title.

In other Celtic news, Tam McManus claimed the Hoops missed Leigh Griffiths v Motherwell

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