Brendan Rodgers believes Livingston’s Dolly Menga was ‘lucky’ to escape a red card during Sunday’s 0-0 draw.
The Celtic manager was unhappy that Kevin Clancy didn’t spot Menga’s headbutt on Ryan Christie.
TV pictures appear to show Menga and Christie coming together. Then the former throws his head towards the Celtic player.
Neither the referee or the assistant spotted the incident during the first half of Sunday’s match.
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Rodgers, in his post match interview with the BBC said Menga should’ve been off:
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“In real time I thought he gestured his head towards Ryan,” said Rodgers.
“When I saw it after the game, it was much more aggressive than I thought.
“He’s very very lucky to stay on the pitch.”
Rodgers’ opposite number, Livi boss Gary Holt claimed he was unaware the incident took place.
Holt also claimed that these things happen in football and it was probably ‘something out of nothing.’
Menga should have been ordered off for the incident. Later in the game he appeared to throw his head towards another Celtic player.
It would be highly unlikely that Menga escapes further punishment for his actions.
Aside from his headbutt, Menga had a bright game for Livingston and didn’t give the Celtic back-line a moment’s peace.
In a physical game, Celtic’s class looked like it was going to show in the latter stages.
Celtic bombarded Livi’s goal late on, but found Liam Kelly on top form. Celtic dropped two points but returned to the top of the table, where they hope to stay.
The Hoops head into the international break level on points with Hearts, but with a better goal difference.
They also have a game in hand over their nearest rivals, and they’ll hope to use that to steer clear.