Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has hit out at Motherwell for the way they scored their only goal at Celtic Park yesterday, as reported by The Daily Record.
Tierney made a triumphant return to the Hoops first-team after a lengthy injury, captaining the side in the absence of Scott Brown.
He thrived in a combative and thrilling encounter, but was left furious by Motherwell’s controversial goal in the second half that resulted from a throw in which should have been returned to Celtic after we put the ball out of play due to injury.
As quoted by The Daily Record, the 21-year-old left-back said:
We actually suggested Motherwell give us a goal back because everyone thought it would happen and you would think someone in their team would have said, ‘fair enough, give them a goal’.
There was a bit of confusion and the way we centred the ball we had walked into their half as if to say, ‘we’re going to score here’. But they started pressing so we had to try to keep the ball again.
That’s just football, it’s fair play. Everyone respects everyone on the pitch but in that situation there was no respect. It’s mental.
There was no respect. Motherwell went and celebrated and there’s nothing we could do but show a reaction.
Thankfully the team supplied that reaction with aplomb, scoring two classy goals in the closing stages of the game to send Motherwell home with nothing to show for their unsportsmanlike conduct apart from embarrassment.
The whole situation was farcical and a blight on the reputation of the Steelmen. Ultimately it’s their fans who should be annoyed.