MacLean was left as the Jambos’ sole striker, and captain, after Steven Naismith went off after just seven minutes, and he found himself in the spotlight when he and the Hoops midfielder clashed at a corner.
Footage clearly showed MacLean grab Kouassi’s genitalia, with the Ivorian collapsing in a heap in an attempt to draw referee Willie Collum’s attention to the incident.
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MacLean was already on a yellow card at the time, but Collum deemed the incident worthy of no more than a stern word in both players’ ears, and that was all it merited according to MacLean.
Speaking via the Sun, he explained: “It was just a laugh. It was a wee wind-up. It’s fitba, eh.
“Jesus, if I went down every time a centre-half did that to me I’d be on my backside all day!
“If you think about how many times a centre-half has a dunt on me, I’d be on my arse all game.
“No doubt they will try to play it up, but it was nothing.”
What do you think of MacLean’s explanation? And should he still be punished by the compliance officer over the incident?