SFA now looking to act
Football is a game of passion and excitement, and little sparks the football lover like a last minute winner. Relief is one of the major emotions felt at grabbing a goal which leaves the opposition little time to get back into the game.
One of the most iconic celebrations in the modern era came at Old Trafford when Porto grabbed a late equaliser to progress in the Champions League, knocking out United in the process.
And if we want an example from Scotland, have a look at the way Walter Smith celebrates the January win that went a long way to clinching 9 in a row.
As we said, passion and excitement from games that really matter….surely there are no complaints about these celebrations?
Were the media up in arms about these celebrations or question opposition managers about what they felt? No, of course not, because there was a bigger story in these games. Late drama and dodgy refereeing decisions meant that the celebrations were not a big story. The Dundee United v Celtic game had so many talking points your head could explode but this now appears to be one of the major stories? Well, heaven forbid any Celtic or Rangers player that shows a bit of passion or joy at scoring the winner on Sunday.
It will be quite ironic if the SFA decide to charge Neil Lennon for the goal celebration, especially in the wake of the blind eye they have turned to David Goodwillie’s celebration for the equalising goal. We’ve been told time and time again that a player scoring who turns to antagonise the opposition fans will be booked.
We don’t want to take the passion out of football but when countless players are booked for scoring and celebrating, surely the hushing movement and then cupping an ear is deserving of a booking?
Dougie McDonald never acted upon this at the time so it could be referred to the video panel, if the SFA were so minded. You would think in the interest of fairness, if they investigate Lennon, they would open a case against David Goodwillie?
Or maybe not…