By Sam Stone

21st Nov, 2022 | 11:10am

Matt O'Riley tears into Isaac Price after incident in Celtic v Everton

Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley has slammed Isaac Price after the Everton youngster was said to have committed a horror tackle in the Toffees’ 0-0 draw against Ange Postecoglou’s side.

Price wasn’t even cautioned for a challenge on O’Riley who felt he was lucky to walk away from the incident unscathed with just a cut on his leg as a result.

The Celtic man was left frustrated with the referee, who failed to explain why he didn’t send the 19-year-old off in the Sydney Super Cup fixture.

“I got lucky. I’m not even sure he got booked, I don’t think he did. It was on my knee. I got quite a big mark from it,” said O’Riley (Football Scotland, 20 November).

“I had a word with the referee. He was trying to explain it to me but I didn’t really understand. On another day I get my leg broken. I didn’t get a fright but at the same time when I watched it back, I realised I got lucky. It was high, it was just above my shin.

“I think because it was only a friendly he didn’t want to give a red card. But, it’s a red card every other day.”

Learn from it

For Price, it’s important he learns from his mistake and ensures he doesn’t become a reckless player. It’s crucial for youngsters to show desire and commitment, but it’s also essential that it’s in a measured and controlled manner.

Furthermore, the fact it’s a midseason friendly means any poorer tackles are going to be highlighted more than if they were in more competitive fixtures. Price is one of a number of Everton youngsters who have made the trip down under with the first team.

Sebastian Quirk, Tom Cannon and Joe Anderson have all joined the 19-year-old in being a part of Lampard’s plans for their Australia trip. It’s no surprise to see younger players included in the squad with Kevin Thelwell eager to encourage more youth players to make the leap into the first team.

Less pressurised trips such as this are ideal to blood younger players and give them a taste of what men’s first-team football is about.