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Celtic first-team coach Alan Thompson claims El-Hadji Diouf sparked the mayhem which engulfed their 1-0 win over Rangers in their Scottish Cup fifth-round replay at Parkhead.

A spat ensued in the tunnel as the players went in at the interval and then, in second-half injury-time, Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra was sent off after picking up his second caution.

Seconds after the final whistle, as Hoops manager Neil Lennon and Rangers assistant Ally McCoist had to be pulled apart by the technical areas, the unruly Diouf, booked earlier, was booked and red-carded for approaching Murray.

However, Thompson claimed the night of mayhem could be traced back to when Diouf and Lennon clashed on the touchline following the dismissal of Whittaker.

He said: “Our physio had gone on when Steven Whittaker went off and Diouf shouldered him. Neil saw it and it has gone on from there. That instigated everything.

“They have players who play on the edge but our players did as we asked from them. We are delighted with the performance, discipline-wise and football-wise.

Rangers manager Walter Smith claimed Diouf was an “easy target”.

Smith said: “He’s an easy target for criticism and he gets himself wound up a little bit as he has done at the end of the game because it was a frustrating evening for us to see two players sent off.

“That’s the way he is. I am not so sure we committed many more fouls than Celtic.”

Source: Telegraph

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