BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
COWDENBEATH manager Liam Fox has slammed Chris Turner after the midfielder received an “unacceptable” red card for aiming an abusive gesture at Celtic supporters.
The Blue Brazil crashed out of the IRN-BRU Cup with a 2-1 defeat against the Hoops’ Colt side – and a thoroughly watchable encounter ended in ignominy for the hosts when Turner was given his marching orders.
Reacting to taunts after he produced a couple of heavy challenges on Celtic youngsters in a competitive clash, he delivered the rebuke to the away section as he was being substituted.
Referee Steven Kirkland, alerted by fourth official Leanne Ross, subsequently dished out a red card. And Fox was in no mood to make excuses for his player.
He raged: “Chris [Turner] shouldn’t be doing that. I’ll be speaking to him and letting him know that what he did was totally unacceptable.
“It put the rest of his teammates in a position they shouldn’t be in. He should know better and that disrupted the flow of what was a good game.”
Fox’s Celtic counter-part, Tommy McIntyre, chose to focus on an admirable comeback by his youngsters, with his players reversing a deficit against League Two opposition for the second consecutive round.
Nikolay Todorov had given the hosts the lead before goals from Jack Aitchison and Paul Joseph Crossan secured a triumph for the Bhoys.
McIntyre lauded: ” I thought our players showed great character and the right attitude to deal with the physicality and falling behind.
“This is development for our young players and I would take this type of game every week. It is a real test and stepping stone.
“We are just delighted to be in the next round and hopefully the draw is favourable for us.”