HAMILTON coach Guillaume Beuzelin believes Leigh Griffiths should have been red-carded in Celtic’s 4-1 win over Accies yesterday.
The Frenchman, who took charge of the team while banned boss Brian Rice watched from the stand, is convinced the striker should have been banished following a challenge on grounded midfielder Sam Woods.
Griffiths was involved in a flashpoint incident with his opponent following a tussle for possession. The Hoops star then became involved in a shoving match with Alex Gogic and referee Nick Walsh booked both for the aftermath flare-up.
However, the match official took no action over the coming-together of the Scotland international and Woods.
Ironically, Griffiths was involved in another red-card situation in the first-half when he was hauled down by defender Jamie Hamilton who was dismissed for a last-man offence and Odsonne Edouard whipped in the equaliser from the resultant free-kick.
Reflecting on the earlier incident, Beuzelin, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “Watching live, I thought it was a red card.
PUSH OFF…Leigh Griffiths and Accies defender Alex Gogic get involved in a flashpoint incident as referee Nick Walsh moves in.
“We all thought that on the bench and we were 30 metres away. Maybe the angle the ref had meant he couldn’t see that.
“The fourth official or assistant maybe could have helped him.
“If it had been a red it would have been a massive turnaround.
“But I don’t want to comment on that. We have one banned, I don’t want to add to the list.”
Neil Lennon didn’t think the challenge warranted a sending-off, but the Parkhead gaffer wasn’t too pleased with the antics of his comeback Bhoy, who has scored three goals in his five games since the mid-winter break.
He added: “I haven’t seen it again, I’m not convinced he stands on him, but he pushed the boy. That’s not a red card offence, but he shouldn’t have done it. We’re very big on discipline here at the club and I don’t like to see things like that.
“It’s not a red card, but he lost his temper. We need discipline at the minute. We can’t be doing with losing men on the pitch.”
Accies had rocked the champions by taking the lead through burly frontman Marios Ogkmpoe in the 27th minute before Edouard replied with his deadball effort seven minutes later.
The Frenchman, centre-back Christopher Jullien and winger James Forrest made certain of the Hoops moving seven points clear of Rangers with a three-goal burst near the end of the encounter.