Brendan Rodgers criticised his former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for misleading the referee into giving a penalty for a foul by Emilio Izaguirre.
The Barcelona star locked the 30-year-old’s arm between his ribs and is upper arm preventing the defender from doing nothing other than clattering into the Uruguayan.
Lionel Messi scored a brace on the night including an expertly taken volley to open the scoring which knocked Celtic out of European football this season.
Speaking to the media after the game, Rodgers spoke about the penalty incident and said:
I didn’t think it was a penalty. I think what Luis is brilliant at is around the box he provokes the defenders. He is leaning into Emilio, who has tried to fight for his space. What Luis is clever is he’s grabs hold of the defender and spins around and looks like he’s been pulled to the ground.
It was a key moment in the game, because at the start of the second half we were getting into the game. At 1-0 we were always in the game. So to go 2-0 down after missing the header was disappointing. The referee didn’t give us much during the night, but that’s how it goes sometimes.
Rodgers and Suarez worked together at Liverpool for two years, and were a Steven Gerrard slip away from lifting the Premier League title in 2014.
Suarez was a key player in an attack headed by the SSS (Suarez, Sterling and Sturridge) and is now part of another triumvirate trio at Barcelona – the MSN (Messi, Suarez and Neymar.)
Celtic are in action again on Sunday in the League Cup final against Aberdeen and the immediate concern will be the fitness of Scott Sinclair after being substituted off at half-time with a hamstring injury.
Leigh Griffiths will be another player who fans will want to see back from injury again having missed the last two games.