BRENDAN RODGERS claimed the behaviour of Motherwell boss Mark McGhee was unworthy of a Scotland No 2 following a bust-up at the end of the Hoops’ last-gasp 4-3 win at Fir Park.
Chris Davies, the Parkhead gaffer’s right-hand man became involved in a row with individuals in the home dug-out after Tom Rogic’s late winner.
McGhee, Gordon Strachan’s international assistant, branded his conduct not of “Celtic quality” while claiming he didn’t even know his name.
However, Rodgers reacted angrily while defending his staff and criticising the Well gaffer for interrupting his team’s shooting practice pre-match and telling them to move elsewhere on the pitch.
He said: “I think that’s very unfair, especially when he comes into our warm-up before the game.
“As the opposition manager and assistant manager of his country, he comes up and is asking our players to warm up in a different area. I don’t think that’s befitting of the assistant manager of a national team and the manager of Motherwell.
“My staff are exemplary in their behaviour. We know what we’re representing here. We’ll always be honest. We have integrity.
“My staff represent this club and have done since the day they walked in here. I think Mark’s is a completely unfair representation of them.’
Rodgers admitted the pre-match incident may have been responsible for the scenes at time-up. He said: “It could well be – he (McGhee) shouldn’t be doing that.
“I said congratulations to the groundsman before the game because the pitch is very good, but why can’t we do the warm-up we do all across the world here at Motherwell? I don’t know what the issue was and maybe that’s what sparked it.
“We were just practising shooting, but, anyway, that isn’t the story of the game. The story of the game is that my team were brilliant in the second-half.”
McGhee said: “We had no problem with Brendan, but I think some of the staff weren’t really Celtic quality in terms of their behaviour.
“I don’t know his name. You’re telling me his name, so I think that says it all. He seemed to be angry, for some reason, that they’d won, so explain that to me.
“He wasn’t shaking hands with me, but nothing had gone on in the game.”
Matchwinner Rogic insisted the Hoops’ fightback from 2-0 down at the interval showed why they are eight points ahead at the top of the Premiership with three games in hand.
The Aussie star said: “We showed we can come back from adversity, which is a pretty big statement. It’s a day to remember. We’re champions for a reason.”
Erik Sviatchenko and Leigh Griffiths missed out through illness, but Rodgers is hopeful they will be available for Tuesday’s Champions League visit to Manchester City.