WEDNESDAY MORNING and still no news from the SFA’s Compliance Officer regarding the two nasty tackles by Steven Naismith on Scott Brown and James Forrest at Tynecastle on Sunday that both went unpunished by referee Bobby Madden.
The Celtic Star got a former referee to look at the key incidents at Tynecastle on Sunday and it doesn’t make for good reading for Bobby Madden – Read HERE.
How long does it take to look at these two tackles and make a decision?
While Craig Levein is probably the only person in the country to see nothing wrong with Naismith’s tackle on Scott Brown, the Celtic captain himself wasn’t too concerned about it yesterday.
“I get on brilliantly with Naisy and I still will. It’s one tackle. I’ve had a lot worse from a lot of other people and I still speak to them,” Broony laughed.
“We both want to win. He was playing in a kind of No10 role and I was sitting in front of the back four, so something was going to happen.
“It is what it is. He wants people to win. He’s played in the English Premier League, so he knows what top standard is and he’s maybe not getting it where he is.
“Keep letting the bad tackles happen. The more people that get sent off the better. It will help us. That’s IF they get sent off!
“I don’t care about the tackles, but it’s always going to be like that because people think I’m a hard tackler, unfair and lunge into challenges.
“But that really isn’t my game any more. My game is to get on the ball, keep hold of it and dictate play and get other people in. I cover positions and look after everyone on the park sitting in front of the back four.
“I break up play, but I stay on my feet and don’t lunge in. I slow the play down for my team-mates to come in and help me.
“If you look at touches in the game, I’m probably up there with most players in the team.
“It goes through myself, Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor in the middle of the park. We try and dominate games from start to finish.
“We try and play football the proper way, on a nice, short pitch with loads of water on it.
“We try and slow the play down a bit. We know when to come back in and defend, but we also know when to speed it up.
“It’s about learning the game, enjoying having the ball at your feet and keeping control of it for 90 minutes, rather than launching into tackles and getting suspensions.”
On the Hearts manager, who after his side’s defeat at Celtic Park at the end of January stated that “Scottish football needs protection from Scott Brown,” Broony had this to say yesterday:
“Craig’s banter is getting better as he gets older.
“If he was younger and had this sort of banter I’d have been buzzing.
“Craig can say what he wants. It’s all speech play to deflect from the result and how well we played them at our own game and the fact that we beat them on a shocking park.”
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