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19th Mar, 2018 | 2:47pm

'Goaded' – Top-flight manager sticks the boot into Celtic ace after draw v Motherwell

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has weighed in on the red-card situation that saw Cedric Kipre given his marching orders in the Hoops 0-0 draw against Motherwell on Sunday in the Scottish Premiership.

The Frenchman was sent off following an incident with the Bhoys captain Scott Brown – a scuffle which the Aberdeen manager felt was created by the Celtic man’s actions.

As quoted in the Scottish Sun, McInnes said: “Brown has goaded contact and there’s certainly not enough contact there.

“It’s certainly not a stamp which is what Craig Thomson has indicated.

“The initial challenge is there and that’s fine, it’s a competitive game, a little push and there’s not enough there for a red card.”

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Most people have been criticising Brown for his antics on Sunday and it’s no surprise to see McInnes weigh in on it too. The Celtic midfielder was also targeted by Joey Barton who questioned the player’s mentality. It would seem that Brown was the one who created an issue in this instance but this is what the 32-year-old brings to Brendan Rodgers’ side and they wouldn’t be half the team they are without the feisty antics that the now former Scotland international brings to the party. The Hoops result against Motherwell has left a lot of Light Blues fans wondering “what if” as the gap at the top could have been even closer had they gotten anything from the Old Firm derby the week earlier. And avoided defeat to Kilmarnock on Saturday of course.

In other Celtic news, Hoops fans react on Twitter as Motherwell appeal Kipre red-card.

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