Celtic right-back Moritz Bauer has played down the incident at the end of last weekend’s Glasgow derby between himself and Jordan Jones.
Rangers winger Jones was given his marching orders for an ill-timed challenge in the closing minutes of Celtic’s 2-0 win. Bauer recovered from the crude tackle pretty quickly but the same couldn’t be said for former Kilmarnock man Jones who limped off and later withdrew from the Northern Ireland international squad.
But Celtic loanee Bauer says there’s no ill feeling between the pair after Jones called him to apologise just a day later.
“I didn’t feel it that bad on the pitch,” the Celtic man told STV. “I just felt ‘right, that was a foul’ and when I saw the red card I was a bit surprised. But when I saw it on the TV it was a bad tackle.
“At the end of the game I think there was a bit of frustration and I didn’t feel like it was a personal attack. It’s a badly timed tackle and luckily I didn’t injure myself.
“Unfortunately he caught himself a bit but I didn’t feel it that bad. The day after we spoke as well, which I really appreciated so I think we can take it off the table and start to look forward now.
“Big compliment to him, it’s very fair play. He asked how I felt and if he had caught me badly and he apologised.”
Bauer has done Jones a favour
Bauer is being very generous to the Rangers winger when he says he just wants to move on. The kick from Jones was designed to do one thing and one thing only – and that was to hurt the Celtic player.
The 24-year-old set out to injure the recent Celtic recruit in a desperate attempt to appease the disgruntled home support. In many ways he got what he deserved. You never like to see opposition players pick up injuries, but when it happens to a player who was trying to cause harm then it’s fully warranted.
Hopefully Jones can control his anger the next time the Gers are desperately lagging behind Neil Lennon’s men.