Motherwell manager fuming; laughably claims Celtic got preferential treatment from refs

By John McGinley

October 16, 2021

Motherwell boss Graham Alexander was fuming with today’s referees after Celtic beat his side 2-0 in the Scottish Premiership.

Both Willie Collum and Chris Fordyce both spent time with the whistle today after Collum picked up a muscle injury.

There was a controversial moment in the second half when Boli Bolingoli looked to have handled the ball inside the Celtic box, but Fordyce did not point to the spot.

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Alexander thinks it’s a pattern against Motherwell since he joined as manager, claiming that his side never gets decisions against the ‘big boys’ such as Celtic.

As quoted by The Scotsman, he said: “We were in the box, we were ready to get an opportunity to score and it’s a blatant penalty, the lad’s just slapped it away. Getting a penalty against one of the big boys is rare for Motherwell.

“We don’t get them, simple as.

Motherwell 0-2 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

Motherwell 0-2 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

“I’ve only been up here nine months, I’m still learning but learning quickly that it’s easy to give a penalty against us but very, very difficult to give a penalty to us. From my relatively new experience here that’s what I’ve seen with my own eyes.”

Alexander may feel aggrieved but if he’s expecting Celtic fans to feel sorry for the Steelmen, he need only look at another big incident in the match.

Bevis Mugabi committed a shocking challenge on David Turnbull in the second half that could have easily seen him given a straight red.

Celtic were kicked up and down the park all day with little protection from officials. So while we may have gotten away with one in the Bolingoli penalty incident, it’s not as if there’s a grand conspiracy against Motherwell.

In fact, the home side should have been down to ten men well before the penalty call.

In other news, Leigh Griffiths piles misery on Aberdeen with first goal on loan from Celtic.