BRENDAN RODGERS tried to lend some logic to the hyperbole surrounding Cedric Kipre’s sending off at Fir Park on Sunday.

The Celtic manager believes the referee looked at the intent of the player rather than the poor follow through when trying to lash out at his captain.

Kipre kicked out at Scott brown but didn’t connect the way he perhaps wanted to.

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Speaking about the incident, Rodgers believed the intent was there.

“If he throws a punch and it doesn’t hit, does that mean it’s not right? So maybe that’s what Craig has seen. He has gone to lash out and caught Broony a little bit, not what people would expect for him to be sent off, but Craig must have been looking at the intent.

“That changes the game. They go to 4-4-1 and they stay solid, do well and defend. We had a couple of moments – we hit the bar, Scott Sinclair was in a one-v-one – but it just wouldn’t fall for us and that’s just sometimes the way it goes.

“And, nowadays, you’re at an advantage, I hear, when you have 10 men. So we did really well in that moment.”

The manager showing his funny side, having a dig at recent comments by Barry Ferguson about being lucky to have a man sent off.


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