Hibs defender David Van Zanten forgives McDonald horror challenge

By Steve Forbes
Last updated : 28 October 2008

van-zanten.jpg David Van Zanten picture by 1875steve

Hibs defender David Van Zanten has today revealed that he has accepted the apology of Celtic striker Scott McDonald, after the Australian's disgusting challenge at Parkhead on Saturday.

The Hibees ran Celtic close, coming from 2-0 down to tie the game 2-2, Colin Nish and Steven Fletcher on target for the Hibees, only for Celtic to score two late goals to secure a 4-2 win.

Former Motherwell forward McDonald flew in high on Van Zanten on the touchline, in what can only be described as a straight red card challenge, but as always happens in Glasgow, the hit-man got only a yellow.

McDonald released an apology to the Hibs defender yesterday and Van Zanten has revealed that he has accepted, the Irish full back said:

"I accept Scott's apology and as far as I'm concerned it's water under the bridge.

"I would rather just forget about the tackle as I don't believe there was malice or intent in it.

"It was a striker's challenge and thankfully my shinpad bore the impact, which was lucky."

Van Zanten's Easter Road team-mate Colin Nish wasn't so forgiving, the forward questioning whether he would have received the same lenient punishment had he went in on a Celtic player at Parkhead.

Nish said:

"It is not that I want the boy sent off - it is not that I don't like the boy or anything - but it is simple: if it was me I'd have been sent off,

"It is not like him McDonald but Van's got a big, massive cut on his leg."

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