SEETHING Celtic boss┬áRonny Deila has accused Ryan McGowan of committing a “stupid” potentially career-ending tackle on Liam Henderson as the Dundee United defender was sent off near the end of Celtic’s 4-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final replay win.
Goals from Jason Denayer, Leigh Griffiths and Kris Commons had put Celtic 3-0 ahead when home forward Anthony Stokes was dismissed in the 87th minute after an incident with United midfielder Paul Paton.
The Republic of Ireland international left the field with blood spurting from a mouth wound while he indicated he had been elbowed by his opponent.

Shortly afterwards, McGowan was also sent off for his challenge on substitute Henderson in the corner before Virgil Van Dijk made it 4-0 as Deila’s side secured a semi-final meeting with Inverness Caley Thistle at Hampden on April 18 or 19.

Deila said: “It is stupid to tackle like that on the sidelines. We need to get that out of football.

“It is a youngster standing there with a little trick. You can either stay or go in with both feet, as I see it. You can injure him for life.

“But I have to see it one more time. He (McGowan) must be frustrated. That’s why he did it.

“There were some angry and disappointed players. I spoke a bit to Stokesy. He got a knock in his mouth and was bleeding from the challenge with Paton and he reacted.

“I have to see it again to see if it was a red card. But I was delighted with the game.”

The Hoops beat United 2-0 in the Scottish League Cup final at Hampden on Sunday when Tannadice skipper Sean Dillon was dismissed, adding to the three players – two from United – who were ordered off in the first Scottish Cup match which ended 1-1.

The clubs meet again in the Premiership at Celtic Park on Saturday. It will be a miracle if it passes without incident..

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