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Bobby Madden comes under attack

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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.

Madden will be in charge of Saturday’s Glasgow derby at Ibrox and seemed to be digging out the rule book at Tannadice as Carson revealed to The Sun as he discussed his 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.

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