Conor Hazard has been warned that Bobby Madden is on a mission to clamp down on time-wasting.
Motherwell keeper Trevor Carson picked up a first half booking against Dundee United on Saturday with his side leading thanks to a ninth minute goal.
Keepers are generally given a bit of leeway when in possession with a warning usually issued ahead of a yellow card.
I couldn’t believe it. I said to Bobby Madden, ‘Did you not get the Christmas present you asked for yesterday?’. I’ve time-wasted in the past. All keepers do it but not for one second in my head was I trying to time-waste there.
I tried to play it out a couple of times, the short ball wasn’t on. Then one of the strikers was standing on me, which makes it a bit awkward. Before I knew it, as I was about to release the ball, Bobby blew the whistle and was in my face.
I said to him, ‘Bobby, there’s 20 minutes gone?’. I couldn’t get my head around it. I was just happy they didn’t score from it because it would have been my fault. Yes, maybe Bobby had a bad Christmas!
I’ve never been penalised for that before. I’ve had a warning for it, a ref telling you not to take the p*** in the 85th minute but I didn’t even get the warning from Bobby, he just said, ‘That’s 35 seconds you had the ball in your hands for’.
One of the boys counted it at half-time and, to be fair, it was 18 seconds, which is breaking the rules. But if Bobby’s going to pull up a keeper every time they hold the ball for 18 seconds, there are going to be a lot of indirect free-kicks this season.
Madden’s only Celtic SPFL match this season was the 2-2 draw away to Hibs, in his only SPFL match involving Steven Gerrard’s side they were awarded two early penalties in the 5-1 win away to Motherwell.