Loovens expects to be cleared
Celtic defender Glenn Loovens says he will be 'surprised' if he is punished for his tangle with Maurice Edu.
Last Updated: 17/05/09 1:50pm
Celtic defender Glenn Loovens says he will be 'surprised' if he is punished for his tangle with Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu.
The Scottish Football Association has been asked to review an incident during last week's Old Firm derby which left Edu requiring treatment.
However, Loovens insists he did not deliberately set out to catch Edu and expects to be cleared when a decision is made in the next few days.
"I'm a hard player but also fair," said Loovens.
"I just went in for the ball and at some point my leg had to come down to land on the ground.
"There's no way I tried to hurt the player and I did not try to catch him deliberately.
"Edu went off for treatment and I spoke to him as soon as he came back on. I said sorry, asked if he was okay and he told me he was fine.
"I really don't know what all the fuss is about. It will be looked into, but I'd be surprised if any action was taken against me."
Meanwhile, the SPL title-chasers have confirmed the club will play a pre-season friendly in Australia against Brisbane Roar on 12th July.
Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said: "Celtic are fortunate to enjoy the support of millions of people worldwide and it will be a great privilege to ensure that many of our Australian supporters have the chance to see the team play in their own country.
"As well as playing in the match we are hoping to stage a number of other supporter events and we are sure we will make this a trip to remember for Celtic and our fans."