Dean Ashton did not like seeing Liam Bridcutt's tough tackle on international duty

The Leeds United loanee has been in the news after a poor challenge on international duty.

Leeds United loanee Liam Bridcutt was involved in something of a controversial incident during international duty for Scotland last night.

The Sunderland owned star, playing his first game for Scotland in three years, went charging into a challenge on Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko in a nasty looking tackle.

The Leeds man may have got the ball but the way he went into the challenge meant he was lucky to only escape with a yellow card. Meanwhile, the Celtic defender was lucky to walk away from the incident.

One man who knows how devastating a serious injury can be is Dean Ashton.

The former West Ham and Norwich City striker retired in 2009 after a series of serious injury problems and he did not like to see the tackle from the Leeds star.

He told Sky Sports News HQ earlier today (30/03/16):

“Nowadays when we see tackles like that we wince a lot don’t we.

“Years ago a tackle like that was just normal. He does get the ball, that’s the problem.

“What I don’t like is the fact he is off the ground with a straight leg. That’s what breaks legs, that’s what breaks ankles. It’s the long straight leg off the ground.

“Not what I like to see.”

Bridcutt’s challenge was certainly reckless but there is no doubt that the Leeds star would not have gone into the challenge with any intention of injuring the Celtic star.

In the end, the main positive to take from the ugly incident, is that Sviatchenko has emerged unscathed.

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