Celtic boss takes dig at refereeing in message to Neil Warnock

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Aberdeen made a high-profile appointment recently, bringing in Neil Warnock in an interim role. The manager is 75 years of age and is not going to be a long-term solution for the Dons by any stretch of the imagination. But his experience can help steady what has been a shaky ship for years. Celtic boss, Brendan Rodgers, had an interesting welcome message for the Englishman.

Rodgers himself made a return to Scotland this season. It has not been the smooth ride that some would have envisioned though.

Celtic have let slip of a commanding lead over the Rangers and now the two Glasgow clubs have the same number of points. And the Northern Irishman has not sounded happy with a lot of things in the Scottish game.

Rodgers appeared to take a subtle dig at the refereeing, pitches and media in Scotland in his welcome message to Warnock. As reported by BBC, the Celtic manager said:

"I've come across him a few times, I've always been in contact with him. I won't be going at that age, that's for sure.

"He's wanted to manage up here for a long time. Now he's up here, he'll see what the pitches are like, he'll see what the media's like and he'll see what the refereeing's like.

"He'll enjoy it. He's going to have a great time. I sent him a message and wished him good luck.

"What he'll have is good people up here. He'll enjoy it, it's real football."

Celtic boss takes dig at refereeing in message to Warnock

Warnock recently took charge of his first game as Aberdeen manager, in what turned out to be a narrow 2-1 defeat against the Rangers. And he might have already gotten a taste of the refereeing in Scotland.

It remains to be seen how things go for Warnock at Aberdeen. One thing is for sure, his passion for the game must be commended. At 75 years of age, he is still going.

Warnock had actually announce his retirement in 2022 only to go back on that decision a year later. It will be interesting to see how long he continues managing for.

On the other hand, Rodgers has his fair share of problems to worry about right now. Having allowed the Rangers back into the title race, Celtic now need to find a way to get their season back on track and find some much-needed form.