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‘MY FEARS OVER HORRENDOUS TACKLES,’ LENNON

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FORMER Celtic boss Neil Lennon fears players will suffer serious injury if there isn’t a clampdown on the cloggers.

Brendan Rodgers was fuming at the “disgraceful” and “dangerous” stamp on Hoops skipper Scott Brown by Ross County’s Andrew Davies at the weekend.

The Dingwall skipper was shown a straight red card and will serve a two-game ban, ruling him out of tonight’s visit of fellow-strugglers Partick Thistle and Saturday’s home match against Hibs.

Last month, Brown was caught by a wild lunge by Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove, earning the Pittodrie player an instant dismissal.

Lennon said: “There’s a problem with tackling in Scotland. I’ve seen some great challenges, but I have also seen some horrendous ones, where players have made no attempt to play the ball – just the man.

“You don’t see that very often in football nowadays, but I have seen it a lot here in Scottish football this season.

“Players have been a bit reckless and that could have been a bad one for Scott Brown at the weekend.

“It’s not big, it’s not clever and it’s not hard. It’s an easy way out. The Ross County player let himself down, his team down and he’s going to miss two important games.

“But it’s not just Scott Brown. John McGinn has taken some heavy punishment this season. My worry is that a player ends up with a serious injury.

“We could lose a very good player to the game due to heat-of-the-moment stuff or someone’s ill-discipline, or recklessness.

“What can be done about it? Better coaching and discipline? Players need to learn to stay on their feet more.

“I know it’s a man’s game and all that nonsense, but you need to play within the laws of the game.”

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