Walker accuses Motherwell of taking cheating to a different level

Andy Walker has accused Motherwell of cheating in Sunday’s stormy encounter at Celtic Park.

The post-match debate has almost entirely centred around the 52nd minute goal scored by Gboly Ariyibi as the Celtic players waited on the ball being returned after they had put it out of play to allow treatment to Ryan Christie.

Motherwell officially broke no laws of the game but as the ball hit the net, the fury of the home support and playing staff was unleashed.

Referee Kevin Clancy couldn’t do a thing about the incident although Motherwell could have allowed Celtic to score unopposed from the re-start to restore their two-goal lead.

Walker left Motherwell for Celtic in 1987 and was astonished by the incident and the way that his first senior club reacted.

“I know that cheating happens most weeks in football but this is taking it to a different level,” The Scottish Sun reported the Sky Sports pundit saying. “It was extraordinary to hear the reaction of Stephen Robinson.

“I have no idea why he is bringing the young players salary into it. He’s on a couple of hundred quid a week James Scott but I’ve no idea what relevance that has.

“I was a bit surprised that maybe some of the senior Motherwell players didn’t take control, realise that this was maybe pushing the boundaries too far and let Celtic go up the park and score a goal without anyone challenging them.

“We’ve seen that once or twice in England in the last number of years in the lower leagues.

“I seem to remember Stevie Crawford did it for Plymouth some years ago when there was bit of controversy in that game.

“Cheating has always been a part of the game but that took it to a different level yesterday.”

For over 20 minutes the game was in the balance with Celtic knocked out of their stride and their fans baying for retribution.

But when there was nine minutes left to play Odsonne Edouard restored Celtic’s two-goal lead, while Oliver Burke also added to the score-sheet.