Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli weighs in on Sam Cosgrove debate

By David Walton

December 23, 2019

Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli’s verdict on the Sam Cosgrove challenge isn’t surprising, as he claimed the challenge was “very dangerous”.

Everyone has been giving their opinions on the red card picked up by the Englishman on Saturday. His crunching lunge on Kristoffer Ajer was, typically, defended by Derek McInnes (afc.co.uk). The Dons manager had a pop at Ajer for winking at Cosgrove as he said it was never a red card.

Celtic would win the game 2-1, with Cosgrove sent off just minutes after Odsonne Edouard had fired us back in front in the contest. The Dons striker equalised before the break, but was largely anonymous against Christopher Jullien and Ajer.

Christopher Jullien produced another fine performance yesterday (Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

Boli, however, has stepped forward to give his opinion on the challenge. Speaking in the Scottish Sun, Boli gave his own verdict.

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“It was a dangerous tackle. Kristoffer had his feet on the ground and if he comes in like that it can be dangerous. I think the referee made a good decision to give a red card because what the Aberdeen player did could be very dangerous.

“The referees do their job. They sometimes make the wrong decisions, but they have assistants to help them. OK, maybe we can say that the referee played a big role in this game, but we had a lot of chances.

“We scored only two goals, unfortunately, but it could have been many more.”

Boli right to dismiss the red card as a game-changer

What has seemed to get lost in the debate is the fact that the red card was hardly a real game-changer. Yes, at 2-1, Aberdeen were always in the game. It only took one chance for them to nab an equaliser and all the rest of it.

Derek McInnes seemed wound up on Saturday (Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

But there was nothing there to suggest that Cosgrove was going to make a difference. Trying to make out as if he would’ve done is desperate stuff.

The big Englishman got next to no joy from the Celtic centre-backs outside of his goal. As well as that, Fraser Forster didn’t have a save to make in the second half before the sending off. Cosgrove was barely in the game, and was never going to score another with the way the match was going.

It’s also nice to hear one of our own players come out and defend Ajer. McInnes seemed to have a chip on his shoulder post-match, but that’s hardly unlike him.

Sam Cosgrove (right) had nobody to blame but himself (Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

This is likely a debate that rages on further before the Boxing Day fixtures. It’s a convenient flashpoint for people to highlight and pretend that it was huge in helping us to three points.

For those who watched the game, however, they’ll know the damage was done. The second goal was what killed Aberdeen, regardless of their striker’s own stupidity.