CELTIC boss Brendan Rodgers has warned Leigh Griffiths to cut the wind-up antics or face being sidelined.

The striker has a calf injury and is likely to miss the Champions League return leg against Linfield at a packed Parkhead tonight.

The treble-winners will almost certainly progress after winning 2-0 in Belfast, but Griffiths could also sit out the first leg in the next round a week tonight against Rosenborg or Dundalk.

UEFA could impose a suspension for allegedly provoking home supporters in the clash at Windsor Park where he was pelted with missiles and was amazingly booked for timewasting when trying to show ropy ref Alejandro Hernandez a Buckfast bottle thrown on to the pitch.

Rodgers admitted his disbelief at the yellow card, but thinks Griffiths should have thought twice about the scarf show. The case will be heard tomorrow and Rodgers said: “For tying a scarf round a post, that’s ultimately what it is.

“Then players will be knocking on your door wondering why they’re not playing. The consequence could be you lose your place in the team – and it’s not a team you want to be out of too often for any other reason than being injured.”

Celtic also landed a charge for picking up five yellow cards and will contest both issues.

Rodgers added: “We play with a lot of tactical discipline and I have no worries about the squad.

“Sometimes you go into European football and the refs and officials can be sensitive, especially in a ‘British’ game.”


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