McLeish blasts Bitton amid Celtic 'tunnel' claim
Alex McLeish has slammed the “mentality” of Nir Bitton after being sent off for Celtic against Midtjylland.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland boss accused the 29-year-old of failing to control his emotions after picking up two yellow cards in the first half.
Bitton was dismissed after poking his finger in the face of Midtjylland winger Anders Dreyer just before half time.
The Champions League qualifier finished 1-1, with Dryer also sent off for two bookings later on.
Asked about the incident, McLeish gave his view from a managerial perspective.
“You want the players to be in control of their emotions, first and foremost,” he told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
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“Running out the tunnel you say (as manager) be careful, don’t get too emotional, because you can just snap.
“Maybe Nir didn’t have the mentality to say ‘I need to calm down here’, and he’s just snapped.
“Pointing the finger in the face – It seemed a very trivial way to get sent off. You want the players to learn lessons from that.”
Tuesday’s draw was Ange Postecoglou’s first competitive game in charge of Celtic.
New signing Liel Abada opened the scoring before the Danish side struck back in the second half.
Celtic will travel to Midtjylland for the second leg of the tie on July 28th.
Postecgolou’s men face West Ham in a pre-season friendly clash before then on July 24th.