"Protect him"; Manager bizarrely defends Butcher after horror tackle on Celtic's David Turnbull

By John McGinley

December 10, 2021

Tam Courts has leapt to the defence of Dundee United man Calum Butcher after his horror tackle on Celtic star David Turnbull at the weekend.

Butcher flew into a studs up challenge on Turnbull that some pundits have called a ‘leg-breaker’ tackle. [BBC]

Although he only received a yellow card on the pitch, he has subsequently been handed a three match ban by the Scottish FA, which seems to have irked Courts.

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Butcher tackle on Celtic star deserves criticism

Speaking to The Dundee Courier, he said: “The general feeling internally was that the decision was almost already taken. There was such a furore around the tackle. When you play against one of the two Glasgow teams and the match is on TV, people have quite a substantial opinion.

“I’d like to be clear. The last thing Calum Butcher would ever want to do is endanger a player. Butcher is a physical player. But he’s not someone who looks to go out and harm opponents. In terms of the isolated incident we never want to see any player endangered on the pitch.

“These days players are so fit and fast. They are naturally going to come together. But the last thing we want to see is anyone endangered on the pitch. It’s frustrating for Butcher that he is going to now miss a further three games. We need to protect him a bit. There has been a lot of online and punditry opinion.”

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Just think how frustrated Celtic and Turnbull would have been had the tackle led to a serious injury, as it could easily have done? The former Motherwell man has already lost a year of his career to injury.

There is no real opinion to have here other than Butcher was wrong, he deserves a ban, let’s move on. We don’t need a melodramatic defence of the player’s character. It was a shocker and deserves criticism.

Let’s be honest, it’s not the first time with Butcher either. So while Courts may rush to the defence of his player, perhaps he should be having a word with him.

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