Kris Commons has blasted Jordan Jones for his tackle on Moritz Bauer

By John McGinley

September 2, 2019

Former Celtic star Kris Commons has heavily criticised Rangers winger Jordan Jones for his tackle on new Hoops signing Moritz Bauer at Ibrox on Sunday, writing in his weekly Scottish Daily Mail column (02/09 print edition, The Verdict supplement, page 20).

Jones was sent off for his challenge by referee Bobby Madden in the final moments of the match.

Clattering into Bauer, it seemed to be a tackle borne from frustration at losing rather than being any real attempt to play the ball.

Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard was critical of his player in the aftermath (The Scottish Sun), highlighting just what a poor decision it was to go flying into the new Celtic man.

Commons has gone a step further though, describing the incident as ‘the lowest of the low’ and calling on the Scottish FA to extend his ban beyond the suspension he receives for getting his marching orders.

As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (02/09 print edition, The Verdict supplement, page 20), he said: “It was a disgraceful challenge. The SFA should slap an extra couple of games on to whatever ban he gets because he went in with the sole objective of trying to injure his opponent.

“He had absolutely no interest in playing the ball.

“There was clear intent to cause injury to a fellow professional, which is the lowest of the low.”

(Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Welcome to Scotland, Moritz

Commons is heavily critical of Jones, and rightly so, but the reality is those challenges aren’t really anything new on derby day, so it was perhaps a fitting way for him to be welcomed to Scotland.

He isn’t injured and he now knows what he’s in for!

In general, it was quite a way to make a debut for our new right-back signing.

He claimed when he signed he was ready for the occasion, but being thrown in midway through the second half to help defend a 1-0 lead was a big task.

Thankfully it was one he performed well.

Alongside Hatem Abd Elhamed it appears we have two good right-back options heading into the rest of the season.