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.
51′ – Goal for Motherwell: The ball is kicked out after Christie pulls up with an injury. Motherwell throw it back into #CelticFC‘s half but Scott runs on to it, forces Bain to save and Ariyibi knocks in the rebound. Boyata is booked in the ensuing controversy.
2⃣- 1⃣ #CELMOT
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 24, 2019
52′ | 2-1
GOAL! ‘Well get one back, albeit through unusual circumstances. Celtic expect the ball back to them but Scott plays on and Ariyibi fires into the net.#MFCLive
— Motherwell FC (@MotherwellFC) February 24, 2019
Rather unsportsmanlike. But hardly surprising from murderwell
— ??????? Gun saoradh Alba ? (@bunglewheat) February 24, 2019
Showing our league for what it is actually is. Pub teams with pub rules. Disgusting.
— Joseph Hopkins (@hovisjoe71) February 24, 2019
Motherwell fc. Hang your heads in shame.
— stephen lennon (@LennonLynxy72) February 24, 2019
Tinpot team with tinpot tactics
— ??????????? (@themoon787) February 24, 2019
— HELEN SMART (@HELEN315) February 24, 2019
Interesting to hear the Motherwell managers take on such disgraceful behaviour from his players.
— Stephen Green (@SGreen1157) February 24, 2019