I’ve watched the after-match video from last night’s Rangers Women-Celtic Women game several times, showing Celtic Women’s manager, Fran Alonso being attacked from behind by an opposition coach.
What happened is consistent with the Two-Bob Hardmen who pace the lines at kids, non-league and now apparently, women’s games. The most common target is the referee, who is very much on his own, but commonly involves opposition coaches, players and even their own team’s players.
There is an ocean of inadequacy masquerading as aggression in the grassroots game, last night’s incident was an example. We have yet to hear from the police and football authorities, who I expect to act in due course, to look away would be a betrayal of those who work at games away from the TV cameras. You can be assured that Michael Nicholson would dismiss such an offender from Celtic without the inappropriate delay across the city.