Ian Black last night branded Old Firm referee Craig Thomson a bottler for failing to send off Celtic skipper Scott Brown.
The combative Rangers midfielder was on the end of a crunching tackle in the dying stages of yesterday’s 2-0 defeat to Celtic in the semi-final of the League Cup.
Brown who was named Man of the Match after an outstanding display in the middle of the park, picked up only a booking, which Black insisted was a cop out.
Scott Brown’s challenge at the end was naughty but I’ll take it.
I went to the referee and if he was a bit of a man and it was earlier on in the game then Brown would have walked up the tunnel.
But it was the end of the game and I felt he bottled it.
It was a cop out. I know 100 per cent if that was myself I would have walked – and people would have lapped it up.
Despite the attention focused on the battle between Black and Brown, they remain close friends off the park, surprising for some possibly after yesterday’s events.
Scott Brown is a good player, an international player, and we both competed well.
I look forward to maybe more of these battles. You want to compete at the top level and this is where we’re trying to get to. As soon as we get there, we can enjoy more games like this and it can be great.
I shook Scott Brown’s hand at the end and congratulated him. I know him off the park and he’s a good lad. I enjoyed going up against him.