Over the course of the season, there has been some horrendous challenges on Celtic players that have gone relatively unpunished by the referees.
In last night’s game against Hibs, Emilio Izaguirre was lucky to escape a serious injury after a challenge from defender Darnell Johnson.
The defender was late in on the left-back, catching his shin full on with his studs. He was booked for his tackle but the referee should have sent him off.
It’s just a number of horrendous challenges on Celtic players that don’t receive adequate punishment.
Izaguirre was stretchered off the field, and that made it two players in two games for Celtic.
Odsonne Edouard was carried off on Sunday after another studs up challenge. Thankfully it looks like both players have escaped any serious injury.
Over the course of the season, opposition players appear to get away with numerous tackles before even being spoken to by the referees.
During Celtic’s dismal derby defeat, referee John Beaton allowed Alfredo Morelos away with three red card offences on Celtic players.
He kicked Scott Brown, before stamping on Anthony Ralston. Morelos completed the hat-trick by having a go at Ryan Christie as well.
Celtic did call out this particular incident, on their club website. They stated their ‘disappointment’ at Morelos escaping action.
However, there has been nothing said about the sustained treatment of Celtic players during domestic games.
Now is as good a time as any
They say to complain after a defeat is sour grapes, so Celtic should issue their complaints now.
After winning six straight games since the restart, Celtic are in fine form and flying at the top of the league.
Now is the time to call out the horrendous challenges handed out to Celtic players on almost a game-by-game basis.
We may never get a better chance.