Celtic fans turn on Motherwell after sportsmanship controversy

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James Scott was the villain of Celtic Park and Twitter with a complete lack of sportsmanship to bring Motherwell back into the game at 2-1 against the champions on Sunday.

Gboly Aribiyi became the first domestic player to score against Celtic in 2019 when he slotted the ball into the net once the home defenders realised that they weren’t getting the ball back.

That incident happened in the 52nd minute. It took Celtic until the 90th minute to restore their two goal advantage as an angry home support bayed for retribution.

An injury to Ryan Christie kicked off the controversy as the ball was knocked out of play to allow the midfielder to leave the pitch for treatment.

As Celtic waited for the ball to be returned, the throw-in reached Scott who headed down the wing at full pace and squared to Aribiyi who netted from a tight angle.

Dedryck Boyata was booked for protesting and the ground was in confusion as the fans realised that the goal was standing with Motherwell far from apologetic.

Manager Stephen Robinson could have instructed his players to allow Celtic to score from the restart. He didn’t and over 30 minutes of anger followed before Odsonne Edouard and Oliver Burke scored later on to maintain Celtic’s eight point advantage at the top of the SPFL table.