sport news Celtic boss Rodgers insists 'values' prevent Hoops' diving

Brendan Rodgers insists ‘Celtic values’ prevent Parkhead players diving to win penalties.

Responding to Motherwell claims Scott Sinclair and Callum McGregor conned referees to win spot kicks, the Parkhead boss once again defended the honesty of his players.

Motherwell have written to Scottish FA head of referees John Fleming seeking ‘views and feedback’ on penalties awarded to Celtic during last weekend’s Betfred League Cup Final and a midweek 1-1 draw at Fir Park.

Brendan Rodgers insists Celtic values prevent Parkhead players from diving to win penalties

Brendan Rodgers insists Celtic values prevent Parkhead players from diving to win penalties

But, insisting his players have to abide by a Parkhead code of values, Rodgers said: ‘If people have any issues with our behaviour remember we won the Fairplay Award last year.

‘My notion has always been that the team always has to have values, and the first one is respect.

‘There are three values in our team, which is respect, unity and excellence. All defined by the players and staff and I think how they’ve lived up to those values has been incredible, really.

Parkhead boss Rodgers once again defended honesty of his players after Motherwell claims

Parkhead boss Rodgers once again defended honesty of his players after Motherwell claims

‘So we aim always to win but also, importantly for me, is to reinforce the values of the club, the team and always winning in a sporting way.

‘That’s what we always try to do and if we draw a game or whatever we have to be honest enough and move on.’

Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson admitted the Motherwell hierarchy were behind the request for clarification on penalty decisions as he doesn’t believe it will make any difference.

Rodgers said: If people have issues with our behaviour we won Fairplay Award last season

Rodgers said: If people have issues with our behaviour we won Fairplay Award last season

He still feels Craig Thomson and Willie Collum got it wrong when respectively awarding Celtic spot-kicks in Sunday’s League Cup final defeat and Wednesday evening’s 1-1 Premiership draw.

But, while Motherwell issued a statement on Thursday evening saying they would ‘seek feedback’ from the SFA, Robinson won’t be speaking to head of refereeing Fleming.

‘It came from above me,’ said Robinson of the statement. ‘People above me have gone and spoken to the John Flemings of this world, but the reality is that it’ s not going to change anything or reverse any decisions,

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