Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon has claimed that the standard of tackling in Scottish football is very poor as the fall-out over Andrew Davies’ challenge on Scott Brown continues.
The Hoops skipper was lucky to avoid serious injury after he was stamped on by the Ross County skipper on Saturday, and Lennon, now manager of Hibernian, believes that something has to be done to keep those types of challenges out of the Scottish game.
“Sometimes I think that if a player goes in deliberately to hurt another player and the injured one is out for a period of time – then the person making the tackle should sit out for the same time,” Lennon said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“My worry is a player ends up with a serious injury. We could lose a very good player to the game due to heat-of-the-moment stuff or someone’s ill discipline or recklessness.
“I am seeing that far too often. There is a problem with tackling in Scotland – some players just can’t tackle.”
He added: “Players have been a bit reckless and that could have been a bad one for Scott Brown. But it’s not just him.”
The SFA has missed the chance to make an example out of Davies as they are set to give the player only a two match ban, news which is bound to go down badly with Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers.
Brown was very lucky to avoid serious injury in the incident and he is set to lead the Hoops when they take on Dundee on Wednesday night.
Football Insider verdict
Lennon’s idea is an interesting one, but it is not likely to be agreed upon by the SFA or the other clubs in Scotland, although he is correct about some poor challenges being made in the Scottish game this season, more than a few of which seem to have been made on Scott Brown. The SFA really do seem to have made a huge blunder in not making an example out of Davies and giving him a lengthy ban, as only two matches seems pitiful for what looked like an attempt to deliberately hurt the Hoops skipper, who really was lucky to avoid injury and play on for the rest of the game. The debate on poor challenges is set to run and run.
In other Celtic news, fans are unhappy with the ban handed out to Davies