Rodgers confused by Griffiths booking after being targeted by missiles

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

Former Celtic great Pat Bonner says the booking handed to the Bhoys' Leigh Griffiths during the Champions League qualifier first leg against Linfield should be overturned.

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

The striker was booked as he failed to take a corner, his hesitation coming as various bottles, coins and cans were thrown from a small pocket of Linfield supporters.

There was more bad feeling at the end of the game when Griffiths returned to the pitch to tie a Hoops scarf to a goal post, a gesture he had previously carried out after a win over Rangers at Ibrox.

"I didn't quite see what it actually was but if that is the case [missiles being thrown] then of course there is always a worry", said Rodgers after goals from Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic put Celtic in control ahead of the return leg at Parkhead. "Obviously he's a young player and we will just see how he develops".

"As you know Celtic never took the tickets and it would have been nice to see more of them there".

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"But I didn't see or haven't heard anything as of yet as to what was thrown on, I could only see it from the dug-out".

"It was maybe a bottle of some sort, but anything, whether it's a coin or a bottle or whatever, shouldn't happen".

"We knew it was going to be a hard game, Celtic are a good team and would have a lot of the possession but the players gave it 100 per cent and it was a huge effort from a part-time side against a full-time one", said former Manchester United keeper Carroll. I thought it was odd him getting booked for it.

"I would much rather be settled in Glasgow with the boys playing week in, week out. The scoreline was okay, it could have been better but it gives us the advantage for the second leg".

While veteran Northern Ireland global Roy Carroll was forced into a number of smart stops in the home goal, there was a sense that the Brendan Rodgers' team rather took their foot off the gas after going 2-0 up with 22 minutes.

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