James Scott regrets unsportsmalike goal for Motherwell against Celtic

By David Walton

May 8, 2019

Motherwell striker James Scott has stated that he regrets his unsportsmanlike conduct at Celtic Park three months ago.

The young Scottish forward was at the centre of huge controversy in Celtic’s 4-1 mauling of the Steelmen back in February.

Celtic had kicked the ball out at 2-0 so Ryan Christie could receive treatment. When play resumed, everyone expected Motherwell to kick the ball back to the Hoops. Instead, however, Scott made a run down the right unbeknownst to the Celtic defence. His initial shot was saved by Scott Bain, but Gboly Ariyibi fired home the rebound. You can watch the incident here.

Celtic hammered Motherwell 4-1 at Parkhead  (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He may not have scored the goal, but Scott instigated the whole incident with his run. And speaking to the BBC today, he admitted that he regrets the actions that had Parkhead infuriated.

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“If I could go back and change it then obviously I would. I didn’t really know but it’s just a minor fault in my career. You can’t do anything about it. It’s in the past and I hate talking about it.

“It was my first start, it was Parkhead. You couldn’t get a better start than that. All the excitement is running through your head and then it happened

“When we scored I looked back and they’ve all started chasing me. It’s all died down now, although whenever anyone mentions it I just say ‘can you whisper?'”

Robinson didn’t cover himself in glory either

Scott can’t carry the whole blame for the incident. None of us truly know how we would react in that situation, and therefore, on reflection, it can perhaps be put down to overexuberance.

Celtic were too good for Motherwell on the day (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The laughable part was afterward when Motherwell didn’t allow Celtic to score a free goal. Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson even tried to turn the tables on Celtic in the aftermath of the match.

It was a poor show from Motherwell all-round. At the very least, Scott can hold his hands up and admit he was wrong. That was more than can be said for Robinson post-match.

These kinds of incidents are always unsavoury. It’s basic sportsmanship, and Celtic were rightly infuriated when Ariyibi struck the ball into the net.

Stephen Robinson’s post-match comments were laughable (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Thankfully, the Hoops did the job in the end and bagged another two to hammer them 4-1. It was almost a display of anger from the now eight-in-a-row champions, as they pounded Motherwell there afterward.

Hopefully this sort of thing doesn’t happen again. It was, quite frankly, pathetic.