Lee McCulloch with bizarre criticism for Rangers star after Celtic flashpoint
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Lee McCulloch with bizarre criticism for Rangers star after Celtic flashpoint

Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch has shared his thoughts on the player fracas at Parkhead, in his Evening Times column.
Things boiled over at full time, with Celtic captain Scott Brown the instigator.
His excessive celebration and goading of the Rangers fans provoked a reaction from Andy Halliday, among other Gers players.

Scott Bain joins in as Halliday and Brown clash. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The 27-year-old was then given a second yellow card and sent off, after the final whistle.

“Being the captain of an Old Firm club comes with responsibility and Scott Brown’s actions on Sunday were not needed”, wrote McCulloch in the Evening Times.
“I realise that emotions are running sky-high and he has just beaten his biggest rivals. But to goad the Rangers support is not right.”
He then went on to talk about Police warnings given to both squads before fixtures. The 40-year-old said he was never in any doubt that serious punishment could follow if he stepped out of line on derby day.

McCulloch celebrates scoring at Celtic Park in 2010. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

It wasn’t just Brown who came in for criticism, though.
“I don’t think you can really defend Andy Halliday in all of this. If the police give out that advice, then Andy doesn’t need to go over and pour petrol on the situation rather than letting people calm it down”, McCulloch added.

Analysis

The condemnation of Brown’s actions is hardly a surprise. It’s clear to everyone that he behaved irresponsibly and in poor taste.
Yet, the comments on Halliday are bizarre.

The initial incident led to many other players getting involved. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Is he really trying to suggest that if he were still playing and Brown did what he did, he would have just walked away?
Just after the final whistle, he would have been composed enough to say: ‘that’s fine, he can do whatever he wants in front of the fans, someone else will sort it out’?
Somehow, I don’t think so!