JAMES McFADDEN, the Motherwell assistant boss, has blasted back at the Celtic management team following last week’s flare-up at the end of the champions’ 4-3 win.

The former Scotland international striker was unhappy with the Parkhead side for ignoring requests to warm up on a different part of the Fir Park pitch.

McFadden was angered when the Hoops party – led by deputy boss Chris Davies – refused to shoot into the portable goals despite ’Well saying they wanted to protect the main part of the pitch.

He said: “Celtic were warming up in the wrong area, there’s a portable goal provided which by the rules they have to use – we use them at every stadium we go to and every team that comes here uses it. Celtic refused to use it.

“They didn’t listen to our groundsmen, so the manager went up and told them they had to move and they weren’t happy.

“There was no animosity during the game at all and then at the final whistle Chris Davies comes up and doesn’t shake hands, which, for me, is a lack of respect.

“A lot has been said about how the manager (Mark McGhee) reacted, but we’ve been to Parkhead, lost 5-0 and taken it on the chin.

“We’ve said: ‘Well done, you were the better team.’

“Chris Davies decides not to shake hands, to put his face in other people’s faces, which is a lack of respect regardless of whether you’re the assistant manager of Celtic or anybody else. 

“Our pitch is one of the best in Scotland at the moment and there’s a reason for that and we want to keep it that way. We spend a lot of money and time on that pitch.”


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