Bauer: I was sorry Jones got in­jured foul­ing me

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FRONT PAGE - MATTHEW LIND­SAY

CELTIC right back Moritz Bauer last night praised Rangers winger Jordan Jones for phon­ing to apol­o­gise for his bad chal­lenge at Ibrox - and ad­mit­ted he was sorry his op­po­nent suf­fered a se­ri­ous in­jury foul­ing him.

Sub­sti­tute Jones re­ceived a straight red card from ref­eree Bobby Mad­den for lash­ing out at Moritz at the end of a match against Neil Len­non’s team at the start of this month that Steven Ger­rard’s side lost 2-0.

The 24-year-old dam­aged lig­a­ments as a re­sult of his late chal­lenge, left the Go­van sta­dium on crutches and was ruled out of North­ern Ire­land’s Euro 2020 qual­i­fiers against Lux­em­bourg and Ger­many.

Bauer, the Stoke City loa­nee who came off the bench to make his Celtic de­but in the Glas­gow derby match, ad­mit­ted he had been im­pressed the former Kil­marnock player had con­tacted him to say sorry.

“I didn’t see him af­ter the game, but he called me the next day and we had a good chat,” he said. “That was ab­so­lutely fine with me and it came as a pleas­ant sur­prise.

“It’s a com­pli­ment to him and fair play. I was lucky I wasn’t in­jured by his chal­lenge. I knew at the time it was a badly-timed tackle, but I don’t be­lieve it was any­thing per­sonal, even though it looked re­ally bad on TV and so­cial me­dia.

“Un­for­tu­nately, he hurt him­self a lit­tle bit, but that was just frus­tra­tion on his part. I got away un­scathed and he came off worse, but there are no hard feel­ings from me, ev­ery­thing’s fine.

“He’s been un­lucky. I can un­der­stand his frus­tra­tion be­cause we played very well and had a wellde­served vic­tory. I’m sorry for him be­cause, who­ever you play for, no-one wants to see an op­po­nent in­jured.

“But I think it showed char­ac­ter on Jordan’s be­half that he took the trou­ble to call me and say he was sorry. As bad as his tackle was, it was good that he made the ef­fort to do that. I’m pleased with that re­ac­tion.

“We’re all good and we can move for­ward. I’ve made bad tack­les dur­ing my ca­reer, al­though I’ve never been sent off.

“I was sur­prised when I saw the red card for Jordan be­cause it hadn’t hurt that much at the time.”

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