Brendan Rodgers’ reaction to Gboly Ariyibi’s goal for Motherwell has certainly been highly anticipated.
Ariyibi slammed home a fine finish from a chance created after the Steelmen refused to give Celtic the ball back. It was an act of unsporting behaviour, but it mattered little as the Hoops won 4-1. You can view it below.
Here's the Motherwell goal. pic.twitter.com/QKFB4SVMWY
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Despite that, the incident is still the main talking point. Celtic fans at Celtic Park were still livid with the occurrence, and Motherwell subsequently refused to let Celtic score after it.
And Rodgers, speaking to the BBC (17:46), has been quick to give his reaction to the incident.
“It was a really disappointing act on a football pitch.
“My players, they’ve had a tough game on Thursday [losing 1-0 to Valencia], playing virtually an hour with 10 men, coming into a tough game today, against a team that’s doing very well, go 2-0 up, good goals, good quality, so to have that control in the game, then to have that goal against you.
“Sometimes the referees up here have criticism but today the criticism goes to players because it wasn’t a good act at all. And Motherwell have the chance to redeem themselves and maybe let us score but it isn’t the case, they want to play on and push for an equaliser.”
Rodgers right to be incensed
He’s rarely one to show extreme anger, but you can tell this has rankled with Rodgers and no wonder.
The goal wasn’t totally irrelevant in the end. It halted Scott Bain’s chance to keep pushing for Fraser Forster’s Scottish league record for most minutes without conceding. It ended Bain’s run of eight consecutive domestic clean sheets, and was, in the end, a fairly gutless act.
Yet the manager is also spot on to praise the Hoops for their character. Celtic showed plenty of endeavour to create genuine goalscoring opportunities after the goal. That’s despite the fact the goal clearly rocked everyone.
There’s no denying Celtic have been robbed in a sense today. Bain and his back-line especially. You could see how furious the likes of Kristoffer Ajer and Dedryck Boyata were at the time.
It’s evident Rodgers hasn’t been too thrilled by the flashpoint either. Here’s hoping Motherwell manage to have a bit of class about them in the future, because it’s clear Rodgers is aware of how despicable it was.