Celtic marched closer to their seventh title in a row with a 3-0 win at home against bottom of the table Ross County, but the game was marred by a disgusting tackle on Celtic skipper Scott Brown in the first half.
The disgusting assault on Celtic skipper Scott Brown yesterday by Ross County’s Andrew Davies is a clear indictation that the dominance of Brown and Celtic has resulted in him being a marked man for those wanting to make a name for themselves.
Davies was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Brown, which manager Brendan Rodgers called ‘the worst that he had seen up here’.
Brown was initially brought down by Billy McKay and as the two players hit the deck Davies ignored the football and went studs up to stamp on Scott Brown’s groin area.
That tackle angered Brown’s team mates and saw ref Steven McLean reach for his red card on the 40 minute mark.
It follows a red card shown to Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove for a late and cynical foul on the Celtic skipper in February, with Rodgers insisting that Brown is not being deliberately targeted.
Brown is being deliberately targeted
“There is no doubt the challenge on Scott today was disgraceful,” he said. “We’ve seen a lot of challenges with question marks over them, but that was one of the worst I’ve seen since I’ve been up here.
“There’s no intent to play the ball. It was a really dangerous challenge – and only someone of Scott’s toughness and robustness could get up and play on.
“He’s aggressive, of course, but he’s fair and he’s honest. He’s a guy that plays with an authority and an aggression. But it’s always controlled because we want to have 11 players on the pitch.
“There are one or two maybe trying to make a name for themselves by trying to put those sort of tackles in. But Scott’s unique – he’s absolutely brilliant for us. He eventually got up, got on with the game and controlled it for us.”
It was too late to be a natural tackle
Yesterday’s man of the match Stuart Armstrong was the first to front up to Davies after his tackle on Brown and the Scotland international believes that Davies wasn’t trying to tackle Brown in the slightest.
Armstrong said: “It didn’t look nice. What upset me most is that it was really late. It was too late to be a natural tackle but Scott is fine. He is a brave boy.”
And from the photograph above you can see that Davies was nowhere near the football and had no intention of going for the ball. He only had eyes for Brown who was an easy target after being brought down by Billy McKay.
A cowardly assault from a so-called professional football player.
Will the punishment fit the crime?
The question now for the football authorities is what punishment will they level at Davies. Will he get off with a two match ban or will he face a longer punishment that befits the crime?
Rodgers highlighted the fact that Jozo Simunovic received a two match ban for what he described as a ‘slight elbow’ so one would expect that Davies would be on the receiving end of a longer punishment for what can only be described as an assault rather than a tackle.
After yesterday’s defeat Ross County remain rooted to the bottom of the Premiership and will now face Partick Thistle on Tuesday night without skipper Andrew Davies and could potentially miss the remainder of the season if the Scottish FA decide to take a hard line approach against the 33-year-old Englishman.