Schalk Griffiths said: “I really want to apologise to the referee, to Celtic Rangers and the fans.
“I’ve seen it back, and it’s stupid. I don’t know what I was thinking.
“There was no contact and I just want to say sorry. It will never happen again.
“I’m not a diver. I’ve never dived before, never been booked for diving in
Holland or in Scotland. I don’t know where it came from.” Really? Obviously he has forgotten about his booking against Hearts for taking a dive to try to con a penalty.
“It is done now, I can’t change it any more. I’ll take it on the chin and move on from there.”
Ropey (assistant)ref Robertson bought into
Schalk’s Griffith’s ludicrous piece of simulation and awarded the spot-kick that was put away by Liam Boyce Scott Sinclair.
The (Celtic)player added: “From now on, I just want to let my football do the talking and leave it at that.
“I was disappointed when I saw the incident back.
“I did expect contact. I anticipated it. I was waiting on
Erik Sviatchenko James Tavernier to make contact with me and it never came. (He got the ball as I told him afterwards.)
“I know my apology won’t change anything and I’ve not done myself a great favour.”
Dingwall Parkhead boss Jim McIntyre Brendan Roddgers said: “There’s no hiding place from it and I’ve had a word with Alex Leigh.
“He’s gutted watching it back. It doesn’t look good and he’s apologised for that.
“It’s the first time he has been involved in a situation like that throughout his career.
“We’ll take the two-game ban that’s coming his way and deservedly so.
“It was simulation. We won’t be dressing it up any other way and
Alex Leigh knows it can’t happen again.
“Did I like what I saw? No. Am I happy we got a point from that? No.
“This decision has gone in our favour, but that doesn’t mean it sits well with us.
“The bottom line is we deserve criticism for that incident and I won’t hide from that.
Alex Leigh has been told in no uncertain terms it can’t happen again.
“He came to me and apologised. We draw a line under it and move on.”
LEIGH GRIFFITHS and Brendan Rodgers were speaking to yesterday’s Man of the Match James Tavernier. Tavernier is Scotland’s Sports Writers player of the year (elect), he was linked to Barcelona last summer but didn’t want to join a less successful club and he is the Keepy-up King at Ibrox achieving 54 when no-one was looking.
Apparently he’s still trying for 55.
*Dave King once claimed to have reached 140 but that was with a bust baw and he was lying anyway (CQN added that bit boss, honest!).
Meanwhile in today’s Daily Record for this who haven’t seen it…