Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has taken a subtle shot at Brendan Rodgers and Pedro Caixinha following his side’s defeat to Celtic in the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday.

Robinson was furious after Scott Sinclair’s blatant dive saw referee Craig Thomson award Celtic a penalty and send off Motherwell defender Cedric Kipre before Moussa Dembele despatched the spot-kick to seal a 2-0 win for the Hoops.

Rodgers and Caixinha had criticised Motherwell striker Ryan Bowman in the aftermath of the Steelmen’s semi-final win over Rangers after Bowman left Gers defender Fabio Cardoso requiring surgery to repair his nose after an elbow.

Robinson refused to criticise Sinclair or referee Thomson over the penalty decision but made a huge suggestion about the way Rodgers and Caixinha have previously talked about his players, claiming that he won’t stoop that low.

“The game is over as a contest when he [ref Craig Thomson] gives a penalty and sends Cedric off,” Robinson said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“In my opinion there is no contact.

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“The kid is distraught – he says he hasn’t touched him.

“But I’m not going to come out and vilify other players in teams as other managers have done.

“I’ll keep my dignity and congratulations to Celtic, they are a super football team.”

James Forrest scored Celtic’s other goal in the 2-0 win at the national stadium as the Hoops extended their unbeaten domestic run to 65 games.

Celtic will surely have one eye on an unprecedented back-to-back domestic treble after securing the first of three trophies on offer this season.

Sinclair could still find himself in trouble for his antics if the Scottish FA’s complaince officer decides to review the incident – with a two-match suspension possible.

In other Celtic news, ex-Hoops manager Neil Lennon has taken a brutal swipe at Rangers for their manager search.

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