Before yesterday’s game I wrote a piece asking if we were going to get the now customary clobbering from teams coming to Celtic Park, and to be fair to Motherwell, for most of the game they were competitive but not dirty.
That was until the 65th minute when ‘Well substitute Ryan Bowman committed what was tantamount to an assault on our left back Kieran Tierney.
As Kieran collects the ball on the touchline, he’s basically taken out by an over the top tackle that could quite easily have had far more serious consequences than the gash Tierney received. Should the Bhoy have his foot planted on the ground then we’re looking at a potential leg breaker.
Everyone in Celtic Park could see the severity of the challenge, except referee Don Robertson. Keeping with the inconsistencies shown by his colleagues in recent months, the whistler failed to punish the assailant properly and only administered a yellow card. (there’s a link to the challenge below)
With almost a licence to kick us, opponents are taking full advantage knowing they won’t be sent packing no matter the offence. But there’s another side to that policy.
At some point one of our players are going to be subject to a career threatening injury. We’ve already witnessed Tom Rogic missing most of the season courtesy of a reckless lunge by former Celt Darren O’Dea. And only last week, Scott Sinclair was a very lucky Bhoy not to have been badly injured by ICT’s Ian Vigurs, who’s two footed tackle should have been a straight red card.
Turning a blind eye isn’t an option any longer, it’s time the officials took action.