Some Celtic fans have been reacting to Sam Cosgrove’s challenge on Kristoffer Ajer yesterday.
The Aberdeen striker, who had equalised for the Dons in the first-half, was given a straight red card for his reckless lunge.
Cosgrove clearly left the ground and wasn’t in control of the challenge on Ajer. It seemed over-aggressive at the time, and replays don’t help him much either. Still, it’s caused a bit of stir from fans of other clubs and traditionalists who feel the challenge would’ve been fine back in the day.
It’s fair to say these Celtic fans aren’t jumping on that train of thought, however. Reacting to the tackle on social media, here’s what some in our fanbase had to say:
In this day and age, Cosgrove's tackle is reckless. Also have to take into account where it is on the park. Going in that hard and fast to give Celtic a throw in? Silly man.
— Timothy Leary (@sharko67) December 21, 2019
Absolute stone wall red card. Cosgrove flying two footed into the back of Ajer, seriously endangering the player. I presume he looks surprised because it's generally accepted that you don't get sent off for trying to cripple Celtic players.🍀🍀🍀
— Archie MacKay (@paperbhoy) December 21, 2019
Or as Derek McInnes describes ..no contact made at all with Ajer only the ball…..Ignoring the fact Cosgrove has two feet off the ground, flies into challenge taking ball and crashing into Ajers lower right leg.🤔
— Tony Duffy (@toca63) December 22, 2019
Ajar tackle slides in wins the ball, Cosgrove then comes in and does win the ball but is totally reckless in the challenge it’s a red – two incidents within seconds #Celtic 🇮🇪🍀🏴 pic.twitter.com/4IbfDQwjxf
— Joe Miller (@joe_averagejoe) December 22, 2019
A lot of dispute about Cosgrove's tackle on Ajer yesterday. Such tackles were common in the 70s & 80s. Today however Refs are instructed to clamp down on 'out of control' tackling which endangers opponents. No need for Sam to fly in like that & give the Ref a decision to make? pic.twitter.com/2M3I1gPgcD
— Lisbon Lion (@tirnaog09) December 22, 2019
Anyone who can try to claim that a tackle like this doesn’t merit a red card is 100% delusional. Cosgrove lucky he didn’t do any serious damage to Ajer. Leaves the ground. Endangers an opponent. Case closed pic.twitter.com/ZUp1zfAXHR
— Blair Condie (@bcondie92) December 21, 2019
I’ve seen the cosgrove red card challenge about 5 times now 5/5 it’s still a red
— ViewsfromtheJungle7 (@ViewsfromtheJun) December 21, 2019
Cosgrove's conduct against Celtic is Morelos-esque. Ridiculously stupid challenge
— Greig O'H (@hAllmhurin1) December 21, 2019
Cosgrove let himself down in a generally poor performance
The red card was poor from Cosgrove, but it pretty much summed his performance up on the day. Yes he did manage to plant a header in to make it 1-1 heading into half-time, but that covers his full contribution.
Yet again, he was largely snuffed out by Christopher Jullien and Ajer. He barely caused any trouble, and didn’t manage to hold the ball up whatsoever and relieve Aberdeen of pressure. It’s too easy to point at his goal and pretend he had a good game. He was seriously outclassed for the majority of it.
His frustrations then must’ve boiled over with that challenge on Ajer. It’ll be a debate we hear much about all week, but if you compare it to the Ryan Porteous challenge on Borna Barisic on Friday night, then this also has to be a sending off.
You can argue that Cosgrove only went in with one boot, but his feet leave the ground. If he had slid along the grass and took the ball just as strongly, you couldn’t say it’s a red. After all, he would’ve been in control of his tackle. But that wasn’t the case, and anyone moaning about it is just looking for an excuse.
It wouldn’t have changed the game anyway. If we’re being honest with ourselves, Celtic were always strolling to victory after that Edouard goal.
Cosgrove and Aberdeen will probably do their best to appeal it, but if this gets overturned it’ll be a huge surprise.