BBC Sportsound pundit brilliantly dismisses Aberdeen complaints over Celtic winner

By David Walton

February 9, 2022

BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller has expertly dismissed Aberdeen’s moaning over the controversial Celtic winner at Pittodrie tonight.

The Hoops took a monumental 3-2 win back to Glasgow tonight in what was a huge 3 points in our title push. The result keeps Ange Postecoglou’s men 1 point ahead of Rangers at the top of the Premiership.

The victory came courtesy of a Jota brace and Matt O’Riley’s first goal for the club. However, the winner was shrouded in some controversy as Aberdeen claimed Abada was interfering with play as he left the ball for Jota to slam home.

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But Aberdeen legend Miller has dismissed their claims and believes they have a cheek to complain given it’s a tactic used by Stephen Glass’ side this season.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound [09/02, 22:02], Miller said: “If I was playing for Aberdeen I would be complaining about it as well, there’s no doubt about that. The question is should he have been called offside or should he not have been called offside. You see this all the time – when players are in an offside position but just stand still.

“They don’t take part in the game, and that’s what I thought Abada did. That’s why I’m saying that I don’t think that it was offside. Everyone’s going to have their opinion, but I would like to know what the rule is in that circumstance.

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“Bates runs into him. I don’t think he makes an attempt to stop Bates. Bates turns and runs into him. Aberdeen complaining about somebody being blocked in the penalty box? When they’ve had half a dozen goals perhaps where they’ve used the block?”

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You can see why they were complaining. They believe that Abada was interfering with play from an offside position. But what else is he meant to do in that situation?

Liel doesn’t make a single attempt to play the ball. The only way in which he could possibly be interfering is if he purposefully blocks off Bates.

But if you watch a clip of the goal, you can clearly see the Aberdeen man has plenty of time and space to run around Abada to catch Jota. You can’t just run into a player in an offside position and claim he’s interfering. That opens up a can of worms. Take a look at the goal yourself below:

This is all so easily avoidable. Bates should’ve been a lot wiser when it came to where he should’ve run. Abada is running back from an offside position to get back onside. He can’t be punished for that.

Aberdeen should perhaps be wondering why Jota got in behind them so easily in the first place. Then again, I suppose it’s easy to blame a refereeing decision after all.

Nevermind. At the end of the day it’s Celtic who deservedly took the points. That’s all that matters.

In other news, Watch: Class post-match footage from Pittodrie as Celtic celebrate big win with supporters