Bonner says Celtic's Griffiths booking after bottle incident 'should be rescinded'

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

Goals from Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic ensured that Celtic took a sizeable advantage back to Parkhead ahead of the second leg of the tie, but the game was marred by the troubles in the stands as riot police were called in to subdue Linfield supporter unrest after Griffiths retaliated by tying a Celtic scarf to one of the goalposts at the South Stand end of the stadium.

The Northern Irish champions have launched an investigation but Brown looked to play down the incidents.

Outcome of the religious undertones, there was a bit of hassle from the home fans who pelted coins and glass bottles at Griffiths at one point in the second half, after the Hoops hitman seemingly made a "5-1" reference with both of his hands.

The Scotland worldwide got a further measure of revenge, with the game ending with riot police in front of one section of the stadium after the home support reacted furiously to Griffiths tying a Celtic scarf onto a goalpost.

"I didn't see what it was but if that is the case then there's always a worry", said Rodgers. You sometimes get these scenes throughout the country, not just here but other places as well.

Asked whether he was concerned during the game, Rodgers said: "I didn't see or haven't heard as of yet what was thrown on". I could only see what I saw from the dug-out.

"Obviously it's not what you wanted to see". It was maybe a bottle of some sort but whether it is a coin, a bottle or whatever it shouldn't happen.

Nevertheless, credit must also go to the Blues' backline, who put in a committed defensive display to help ensure the scoreline remained respectable.

"I think it's going to be good for him to see how we train, how we work, get an education in our football then review in January. I would much rather be settled in Glasgow with the boys playing week in, week out", Benyu told reporters.

The Scottish champions had refused their ticket allocation for the first leg of the second qualifying round match in Belfast over security fears.

Celtic lost 4-0 against the French side but were goalless at half-time and three goals came in the final half hour when Rodgers introduced a number of young players.

"Roy Carroll was outstanding and made some brilliant saves".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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