Jozo Simunovic: Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says defender's challenge on Oli Shaw 'strong' and 'aggressive'

Oli Shaw and Jozo Simunovic
Oli Shaw came off at half-time after a heavy challenge with Jozo Simunovic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes a challenge by defender Jozo Simunovic on Hibernian striker Oli Shaw did not merit any disciplinary action.

The Croatian centre-back will not face any charges after a Scottish FA review deemed there was insufficient evidence.

"It was a strong challenge, an aggressive challenge," Rodgers said.

"But I think defenders will tell you when you jump in with a young striker, you have got to be strong and committed in the challenge. I think it was that."

Another incident from Celtic's 2-0 win on Wednesday did result in retrospective action, with Hibernian defender Darnell Johnson facing a possible two-match ban for his challenge on Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre.

"There is a thirst nowadays to over-analyse absolutely everything," said Rodgers, whose side host St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.

"But sometimes you have got to think it's a good challenge that doesn't need analysis and you get on with the game. But I understand everything gets analysed now."

'They are amateur referees who will sometimes make mistakes'

Rodgers has previously backed the idea of full-time referees in Scotland and believes there is now more scrutiny of officials than ever.

"There is, probably because the decisions have obviously allowed it," he said. "If there were not so many decisions that were dubious and wrong there wouldn't be. But I just think it's the modern game as well.

"It's a very difficult job up here for referees. The guys are doing their very best. The reality is they are amateurs. They are amateur referees.

"Most of them have jobs to go and work, but the focus doesn't come off them any less. But that's the reality of where they are up here. They are amateur referees who will sometimes make mistakes."

"We only have a very small pool of referees, refereeing in what is a fanatical country for their football."

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