Celtic cruised through to the second-round of the Champions League qualifiers tonight against Armenian side FC Alashkert, courtesy of a comfortable 6-0 victory, but Jozo Šimunović‘s red card left a sour taste in the mouth of some supporters – and for a lot of fans it was the final straw.
A double from Moussa Dembele and a James Forrest strike made sure the Hoops won 3-0 at Celtic Park this evening, following on from last week’s 3-0 victory away from home, and they did so despite being down to ten men for 79 minutes of the match.
Red card incident pic.twitter.com/wWoyGwdheZ
— tam sellics son (@gibbygibbo1) July 18, 2018
Šimunović was shown a straight red card in the 11th minute for a rash, high challenge on one of his opponents, and whilst an automatic dismissal might have seemed harsh, he definitely did enough to give the referee the opportunity to get his cards out.
Šimunović’s red card now leaves Brendan Rodgers short of options at centre-back for the next round against Norwegian champions Rosenborg, with Dedryck Boyata still unlikely to be back and able to play following his World Cup exploits.
Is this the final straw for the Bosnian defender? This lot seem to think so:
I bet Brendan Rodgers is furious with Jozo Šimunović for getting sent off given Boyata is unavailable for the next round of Champions League qualifiers. Needless red card.
— Daniel White (@danwhitepr) July 18, 2018
Might have been an iffy red card but stupid for Simunovic to force the referee to make a decision in that part of the pitch. Another reason to buy a quality defender. #CELALA
— Dominik Diamond (@DominikDiamond) July 18, 2018
Wit is wrong with Celtic fans , no joke half the cunts round me stood up clapping Simunovic off the park when he got sent aff 10 minutes into the game 🤣
— Jamie (@Jamiekerr33) July 18, 2018
Stupid from simunovic red card all day long guy can’t be trusted.
— Liam Edward (@L1AM_EDWARD) July 18, 2018
— SatanⓋ (@gill_crossbones) July 18, 2018
Simunovic cant complain, very rash. He is a shadow of his former self. Sorry to say it but wouldnt shed any tears if he was punted.
— John-John (@Johnny8IAR) July 18, 2018
Imagine getting a red Simunovic ya big fanny
— Euan Richford (@EuanRichford) July 18, 2018
Simunovic is a fuckin dafty
— Blair Sloan (@blairsloan23) July 18, 2018
Simunovic is a fucking idiot, stupid challenge in a stupid place. No need for that stupidity #celtic
— Stephen Clark (@Stevoc1888) July 18, 2018
Good solid win for the Bhoys tonight, well apart from Simunovic having a moment of madness, but good to see we didn't panic #celtic
— James Laverty (@JamesL25) July 18, 2018
Surely Brendan now knows we need 1 good CB this window. Boyata is dodgy but can do a job, Ajer is decent but inexperience and simunovic and hendry are just shite
— Adam☘️ (@adthelad57) July 18, 2018
Simunovic red card and suspension is one could have done without Rosenborg tricky tie again next round but speed & fluency of attacking play is outstanding for this point in season.
— Liam McLaughlan (@LiamMcLaughlan) July 18, 2018
Do you think Celtic should push the boat out for a new centre-back this month?