Dundee United have announced on Thursday that they are appealing against the red card shown to Ryan McGowan in the final minutes of the Scottish Cup quarter-final replay against Celtic at Parkhead.
The Socceroos defender was sent off for a challenge on Liam Henderson minutes after Celtic were reduced to ten men with Anthony Stokes being ordered off for hitting out at Paul Paton who allegedly elbowed the Irish striker in the face.
Celtic won the replayed Scottish Cup tie 4-0, in what was the third game in the space of a week between the two sides and this Saturday will see the fourth between the sides as they do battle in the league.
Celtic manager Ronny Deila labelled McGowan’s tackle on Henderson as ‘stupid’ and ‘dangerous’, he said: “It was a tough tackle, I don’t understand why he is doing that,” said Deila. “It was 3-0, and it’s in the corner. It’s a stupid tackle. When you come from behind it could be dangerous.
“Football is important, to win is important, but we have to protect each other as well. My players are sometimes doing hard tackles as well but you have to avoid the stupid ones.”
Deila dismissed claims that the tackle from McGowan was similar to the one made by Scott Brown on Nadir Ciftci in the original Scottish Cup tie which ended 1-1 at Tannadice.
The Norwegian added: “It was not as it is a tackle from behind, and it is in the middle of the pitch. At the side of the pitch nothing can happen there, and you know that he is angry before he does it. I do not agree with that.”
Despite Deila’s comments, United assistant manager Simon Donnelly speaking after their 4-0 defeat, said: “The reaction of the Celtic players on the back of them just having a red card possibly influences the referee.”
United’s appeal means that McGowan will be available for selection on Saturday against Celtic.