McDonald tackle under review

Celtic striker could be punished for ill-timed tackle on Wilkie

McDonald: Challenge under the spotlight

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Scott McDonald's ill-timed tackle on Lee Wilkie in the 2-1 win over Dundee United on Tuesday has been referred to the Scottish Football Association's review panel.

Referee Stuart Dougal did not get a proper view of the incident and therefore has handed the episode to the panel.

The Celtic striker caught Wilkie on the shin with his studs raised while stretching to reach the ball.

It is the second challenge in less than a week that Celtic have had sent to the panel after Glenn Loovens' late tackle on Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu.

The incident on Tuesday sparked commotion on the sidelines as United manager Craig Levein confronted the official for failing to allow the physio to go and attend to his player in due time.

"The same review panel will consider both incidents and we hope to get it convened by the end of the week," an SFA spokesman said.

Both players will be able to complete the season's remaining fixtures as the panel do not meet until after the end of the campaign.


Meanwhile Hoops midfielder Scott Brown believes that joining the club in the summer of 2007 and snubbing a number of interested Premier League clubs in the process was the best decision he ever made.

The 23-year-old's decision appears to have been justified.

The former Hibernian ace has picked up one league title, one League Cup and UEFA Champions League experience in his short time at Parkhead as well as being crowned PFA Player of the Year for his efforts this season.

"Coming here is the best thing I could have done," he said.

"I had the opportunity to go down to England and I might not have played Champions League football.

"I night not have played as regularly. But I have come here and done that.

"I have played against the best players in the world, I have improved a lot and I think you have to keep improving until the last day of your career.

"Everyone is still learning and I think if you speak to the manager, he will tell you that he is still learning, so you have to learn throughout your career."