Celtic put in a sensational performance to thump Ross County 6-0 at Parkhead on Saturday to go back to the top of the Scottish Premiership table. But an unnecessary clash between the players at full-time must have left a bitter aftertaste in the mouths of the Hoops fans.
Celtic had dropped five points in the last two games going into the international break. As a result, they found themselves two points behind Rangers heading into Saturday’s game with Ross County and anything but a win could have had huge implications in the title race.
The Bhoys though looked to be making a statement as they demolished the visitors 6-0 with braces from Mohamed Elyounoussi and Odsonne Edouard, and one each from Callum McGregor and James Forrest. They now find themselves back at the top of the table although Rangers have a game in hand, which they will be playing tomorrow when they travel to Hearts for the afternoon kick-off.
The win though was somewhat marred by an ugly clash between Nir Bitton and Ross County striker, Brian Graham, at full-time. According to The Scotsman, the Israeli was walking off the pitch when Brian Graham appeared to say something to Bitton that enraged him.
Referee Don Robertson and a number of Celtic players had to rush to the area and separate the two players as tempers flared. Bitton was quickly escorted down the tunnel after having words with Scott Brown. The officials on the other hand discussed the incident with each other but no action was taken against either player at the point of time.
Bitton was returning to Celtic action, after spending six weeks out with a thigh injury. He came on in the 73rd in place of Callum McGregor as a second half substitute. But now could find himself in trouble again depending on the referee’s match report.