The 2 red card incidents at Celtic Park yesterday that nobody is talking about
It seems that the big refereeing call from Celtic Park that everyone is talking about is the penalty that Dundee United should or should not have had.
United boss Tam Courts made sure to voice his displeasure on that after the game, drawing headlines. However, most people seem to conveniently be forgetting that defender Carl Starfelt was blatantly fouled seconds beforehand. This was pointed out by former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher earlier today.
Courts also bemoaned the fact that Cameron Carter-Vickers wasn’t sent off, which is ironic because you could argue two United players should have got their marching orders throughout the 90 minutes. And no one is really speaking about those incidents outside of Celtic circles.
The first incident came before half-time when Jeando Fuchs crashed into James McCarthy and drew a yellow card. However, replays showed the ferocity and recklessness of the challenge, which could have easily been deemed a red card tackle.
Unfortunately for McCarthy and Celtic, the shocking challenge forced him out of the game at half-time, as confirmed by Ange Postecoglou in his post-match interview.
The second incident is even less spoken about than that one, but merits a look regardless. Dundee United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist was, in my mind, lucky not to see red for a kick out at Celtic winger Liel Abada. Jumping for a high ball, Siegrist’s studs found their way into the midriff of Abada, who went down in pain.
Highlighting these incidents isn’t to make excuses for yesterday’s result or Celtic performance, which was poor despite hitting the woodwork three times.
However, I thought they were worth raising, especially as high-profile shows such as Sportscene completely glossed over them at the expense of the aforementioned penalty incident.
Our luck has definitely run out at the moment.
It seems Kevin Clancy didn’t have a great game however you look at it. Maybe Courts should present the whole picture next time.
In other news, positive Celtic squad news at last.