Kieran Tierney has revealed the on-field discussions that took place after Motherwell’s sneaky goal yesterday.
With Celtic 2-0 ahead and cruising to another three points, a shocking incident occurred. Celtic kicked the ball out for Ryan Christie to receive treatment. Motherwell then refused to give the ball back, catching Celtic out before scoring. You can view that goal in the highlights here.
It was a classless move from the Steelmen. For the average spectator, it was just a desperate attempt to get back into a game they were getting outclassed in.
And Tierney has revealed the on-field discussions that proved how classless Motherwell were. Speaking in the Daily Record, the returning left-back said Motherwell refused to let Celtic have their goal back.
“We actually suggested Motherwell give us a goal back because everyone thought it would happen and you would think someone in their team would have said, ‘fair enough, give them a goal’.
“There was a bit of confusion and the way we centred the ball we had walked into their half as if to say, ‘we’re going to score here’. But they started pressing so we had to try to keep the ball again.
“That’s just football, it’s fair play. Everyone respects everyone on the pitch but in that situation there was no respect. It’s mental.”
Tierney spot on after Tait’s ridiculous suggestion
Interestingly, Tierney’s response came after Motherwell defender Richard Tait gave his own ridiculous verdict. He claimed that giving Celtic a goal would’ve made the situation more farcical. Tait said that if referee Kevin Clancy suggested it then it was a possibility.
The whole attitude from Motherwell since the incident has been embarrassing. There hasn’t been a word of apology from a single player or even manager Stephen Robinson.
And Tierney’s reveal that Celtic tried to get their goal back shows how lacking in class Motherwell were on the day.
It’s an incident that shouldn’t be happening in football. There’s an argument that Celtic shouldn’t be caught out in that situation. But you can’t blame them for expecting the ball to be given back to them.
But, disappointingly, you don’t get the feeling Motherwell look back on this incident with much regret.