Celtic defender Moritz Bauer has confirmed that Rangers star Jordan Jones has apologised after his reckless lunge in the dying seconds of the Old Firm clash left Jones injured and facing suspension.
Jones threw himself into an utterly pointless challenge in a nothing area of the pitch and faces a spell on the sidelines after injuring his knee in the process.
Jones has also since been left out of Steven Gerrard’s Europa League squad – but Bauer confirmed the winger has unexpectedly contacted him to apologise.
“Unfortunately he caught himself a bit but I didn’t feel it that bad. The day after we spoke as well, which I really appreciated so I think we can take it off the table and start to look forward now,” Bauer said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“There are no bad feelings at all. We know that as a player you sometimes can get dramatic or emotional on the pitch. I didn’t feel like he tried to injure me or anything, it was just frustration. These things can happen and obviously I wish no one got injured but unfortunately he caught himself a bit. Nothing bad happened and it’s part of the derby.
“Because I didn’t injure myself or anything I didn’t expect a call but it was a very positive surprise. Big compliment to him, it’s very fair play. He asked how I felt and if he had caught me badly and he apologised.”
Jones is likely to be out of action for several weeks although the club have yet to confirm the severity of his injury.
With the return of Ryan Kent in the intervening period also means Jones faces a fight to force his way back into the side when he does recover from injury.