Watch: Celtic boss gets headbutted while calling “little rat” by Rangers coach following derby draw

Celtic women’s team manager Fran Alonso was headbutted by Rangers coach Craig McPherson. This happened after a heated 1-1 draw in the Celtic-Rangers derby in the Scottish Women’s Premier League.

Celtic manager Fran Alonso also praised his team’s “attitude, passion, and belief” after a 1-1 draw with rivals Rangers. Celtic’s Caitlin Hayes’ 99th-minute equalizer won a thrilling Old Firm Derby point at Broadwood on Monday, and Alonso was overjoyed. A video appeared soon after the match that showed him being headbutted by a coach from the rival team.

In a post-match video obtained by Sky Sports, Rangers assistant manager Craig McPherson appears to target a headbutt at the back of Alonso’s head as the two teams shake hands. McPherson was visibly upset by the result and was captured on video forcing his way past players and coaches before apparently thrusting his head into Alonso’s backside. He was then pushed back by other Celtic coaches and players. And the Celtic coach has now remarked on the game but has declined to discuss the incident.

He said, “Delighted with the attitude, passion, and belief of the TEAM! Not the result we wanted but happy to rescue a point in the 99’ Grateful to be supported each game by our amazing fans, we feel you! that was for YOU! Mon the hoops HH.”

What did the Celtic coach say about the incident?

Alonso spoke to Sky Sports as the video was shown to him, “I don’t know. You can see there, somebody pushed me from behind. I never talked to (McPherson) the whole game.”

He also claimed that he was called a little rat. “It’s obviously disappointing to concede a goal in the last minute, I totally get it. But I don’t know. I was called a ‘little rat’, I don’t know why.”

Rangers manager Malky Thomson was asked about the incident. He told the British broadcasting channel, “Without me seeing it at all I don’t know that I can comment on it. If that’s the case, then there will be an investigation and we’ll obviously look at it.”

A spokesperson for Police Scotland spoke about an ongoing investigation, “We have received a report regarding an incident at Broadwood Stadium on the evening of Monday, 27 March 2023. Inquiries to establish any criminality are at an early stage.”

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The stalemate keeps Celtic and Rangers in second and third place, respectively, with Glasgow City eight points ahead. Rangers looked to have overtaken Celtic due to Brogan Hay’s 36th-minute goal, but Hayes’ stoppage-time effort kept Alonso’s side undefeated against the reigning champions this season.

It remains to be seen what the investigation yields. What is important is that this type of behavior should be removed from the pitch as soon as possible.

What do you think about the incident? Do you think the Rangers coach deserves punishment? Let us know in the comments down below!

Fazal Al Bashar

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Fazal is a passionate soccer aficionado, who when not discovering the latest soccer stories and rumors, indulges in playing FIFA all night. While he sucks at the sport, he knows the who and what in all things soccer-related.


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