Caldwell blasts bad sport Bellamy

Last updated at 10:10 07 March 2005

Craig Bellamy's attitude has again been brought into question after Hibernian defender Gary Caldwell branded the on-loan Celtic star's conduct "degrading" as he refused to shake his hand following the Hoops' impressive 3-1 victory at Easter Road.

The temperamental striker scored his second goal for the Bhoys - after Stilian Petrov's opener, John Hartson's strike and Guillaume Beuzelin's consolation - as the champions moved to within four points of Rangers at the top of the Bank of Scotland Premier League.

But trouble continues to follow the Newcastle star, who was kicked out of St James' Park after a public spat with manager Graeme Souness.

He was accused of bragging about his salary as he opened his Celtic scoring account at Clyde last week and he incensed his former Magpies team-mate this weekend after refusing to shake his hand at the final whistle.

"I went to shake his hand," said Caldwell. "I thought he played very well and was terrific but he refused to shake hands with me.

"It is disappointing when a fellow professional won't shake your hand.

"I thought he played very well and I know sometimes emotions are running high, but whether we win or lose 5-0 I go and shake everybody's hand.

"If he doesn't want to do that then that's disappointing. It's not got anything do with anything in the past.

"I went to shake his hand and you'll have to ask him for an answer as to why he didn't want to.

"That's fine but not shaking hands is degrading and disappointing. We are there competing and we are all men.

"We should all shake hands and get on with it and not act like that. I don't want to say too much. It's happened and it's disappointing."

Hibernian manager Tony Mowbray was unwilling to condemn the former Norwich and Coventry player.

The Englishman said after the match: "I don't mind Craig Bellamy. I've just been speaking to him so I don't have any problem with Craig at all.

"I don't know what happened at the end so you're asking the wrong man, to be fair. Football is a passionate game and players get caught up in it sometimes."

Celtic boss Martin O'Neill described the Welsh international as "unplayable" after his man-of-the-match performance inspired his side to an impressive victory.

"I thought there was a period in the game there when Bellamy looked unplayable," said the Northern Irishman. "He was excellent."

Celtic produced their best display in quite some considerable time to inflict a second consecutive defeat on Mowbray's highly-rated youngsters for the first time this season.

O'Neill purred: "I thought we were fantastic from start to finish in the second half in particularly.

"They were absolutely class. A bit of shine was took off it with the concession of the goal but if you'd have asked me beforehand would I have took a victory then I would have said yes, and to do so in the manner we did was great."

However, an injury to inspirational Englishman Chris Sutton took more gloss off a fine result and performance.

"It is hard to say how long he'll be out for," said O'Neill. "I've just spoken to Roddy (doctor Macdonald) and he says it's just too early.

"He has hurt his hamstring and he will go for a scan tomorrow."

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