Nottingham Forest legend Kenny Burns has rubbed salt into Derby County wounds, outing captain Richard Keogh as a ‘clown’, in his Nottingham Post column.
The Reds defeated the Rams 1-0 at the City Ground on Monday night.
Yohan Benalouane netted the only goal of the game just 74 seconds into the contest, with the Reds now just three points off the top-six.
Following the game, Keogh objected to Forest midfielder Ryan Yates celebrating in front of the Trent End.
The 32-year-old fronted up to Yates and caused players from both teams to get involved in some mild confrontation.
Burns clearly isn’t a fan of the Republic of Ireland man.
He said in his Nottingham Post piece: “At the final whistle you had the Rams losing their rag. Richard Keogh, what a clown, by the way, went after Ryan Yates.
“The young lad just ignored him and carried on celebrating with the fans. That was the perfect response.”
In truth, the 21-year-old didn’t do a lot wrong.
Keogh has been known in the past to celebrate excessively when things have gone the way of Derby.
He clearly didn’t like a taste of his own medicine in the East Midlands derby and picked a scrap with the academy graduate.
Burns thinks it might run deeper, however, and believes Derby are doing what they do best…again!
He said: “They choke every year and they’re choking again.
“They choked on Monday at the City Ground. It might have finished 1-0 but it was a comfortable 1-0.”
The victory for Forest threw their season wide open once again and after four unbeaten games, things are on the up.
The man who lifted the European Cup with the Reds couldn’t resist one last dig at Frank Lampard’s side, stating where he thinks they will finish.
“It’s going to be tough for Forest to reach the play-offs but it’s possible. For Derby, a mid-table finish awaits,” said Burns.
The reaction from the vastly experienced captain on Monday was slightly pathetic.
Forest have had some real lows in games with Derby over the years, but typically it is when the Rams lose when something unsavory takes place.
Maybe something clicked in Keogh’s head that his team are falling apart…again!