Chris Sutton has blamed the Rule Book for Scott Brown’s red card against Kilmarnock. Strictly speaking it’s the Laws of the Game.
The Celtic skipper saw his late shot deflected into the net to give Celtic a dramatic win over Kilmarnock but after celebrating in front of the hoops support was greeted by a yellow and second red from referee Bobby Madden with Celtic seeing out the game with ten men.
Cant blame the ref for booking Scott Brown today for celebrating the goal that puts Celtic 8 points clear in the title race… it’s the rule that stinks… emotion and passion and celebrating with the fans is what football is all about… without this football is nothing…
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) February 17, 2019
The selective issuing of yellow cards for celebrating a goal is something that infuriates Celtic supporters, two weeks ago James Forrest picked up one while Timo Weah didn’t for virtually identical celebrations away to St Johnstone.
Celtic players seem to fall foul of this law more than any other club with common sense rarely applied.
Running towards supporters to incite them clearly can’t be tolerated but whether Brown stayed on or off the park wasn’t going to have any impact on the way that the Celtic supporters reacted.
It had been a long and difficult afternoon at a venue where Celtic had lost on both of their previous appearances. It seemed like Brendan Rodgers’ side would have to settle for a point but when the ball hit the net no rules or regulations were going to halt the celebrations that erupted- on and off the park.