Michael Stewart refutes suggestion Leigh Griffiths should face punishment

By John McGinley

December 23, 2019

BBC Sportscene pundit Michael Stewart has refuted any suggestion that Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths should face punishment for an incident involving Aberdeen player Lewis Ferguson, speaking on Sunday’s edition of the programme.

Griffiths collided with a ground Ferguson during the second half of Saturday’s 2-1 win at Celtic Park, appearing to catch him in the knee with the bottom of his boot.

Dons goalkeeper Joe Lewis was left annoyed by the coming together and Sportscene decided to take a look at replays on their recent highlights show.

Stewart notes that some Aberdeen supporters were very unhappy with it all, but says there is no reason for Scottish FA compliance officer Clare Whyte to get involved.

Speaking on Sportscene, he said: “I know it has upset quite a few Aberdeen supporters. He doesn’t need to do it but I don’t think there is anything else in it with regards to stamping with any force.

“He flicks out. It’s naughty but I don’t think there is anything else in there that needs to be looked at or be analysed any more.

“It’s something he shouldn’t have done but it is a case of move on for me.”

Aberdeen didn’t take defeat well

The amount of whining coming from Pittodrie in the wake of our league victory has been quite remarkable. Derek McInnes was particularly irate after the match, accusing Kristoffer Ajer and other Celtic stars of trying to get Sam Cosgrove sent off.

That this non-problem involving Griffiths was subsequently highlighted after fan complaints just goes to show how much our victory stung.

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The Dons’ record against us in recent years has been very poor considering their status as the ‘third force’ in Scottish football.

If they want to get closer to us they’ll have to adopt a stronger mentality than blaming the referee and his officials after the match.