Unlike most English teams, Celtic’s season has already begun with the Scottish champions engaged in the Champions League qualifying rounds.
Despite lifting the title without losing in 2016/17, Brendan Rodgers’ men are already back playing competitive football due to the low ranking of the Scottish top-flight.
The Bhoys entered at the second qualifying stage and were selected to face Northern Irish side, Linfield, and to say that tension was in the air is an understatement.
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The hatred stems from the rivalry between Catholics and Protestants with Celtic actually not offering their fans any tickets for the game in Belfast due to the animosity.
They said, per Daily Record: “The safety and security of all Celtic supporters travelling and attending matches is of paramount importance to the club.”
Well, the fans may have been exempt from the fury of the Linfield faithful, but that doesn’t mean the players were not subjected to abuse from the supporters.
Their primary target appeared to be Scotland international, Leigh Griffiths, who scored two sensational free-kicks against England at Hampden Park a month ago.
The striker was targeted by a number of objects from the stands, including coins, cups of coffee and even a bottle of Buckfast.
But, the major talking point was not the Linfield fans; it was what the referee did. Aware of the situation, the official took it upon himself to dish out a yellow card to the Celtic man for time wasting.
A video of the ridiculous situation can be seen below.
You may never see a more unfair booking in football. Rodgers acted quickly from the dugout and subbed Griffiths off before the fans and the referee could agitate him anymore.
The incident quickly went viral on Twitter and many were left questioning whether the incident actually had happened because, let’s face it, has it ever occurred before?
So, if you’re a footballer and you’re subjected to the same ordeal as Griffiths, maybe best to not bring it to the referee’s attention.
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