The flashpoint that really annoyed Celtic supporters in Aberdeen win

By David Walton

November 28, 2021

The Celtic supporters were left absolutely baffled after nearly being done out of a win this afternoon by a dodgy penalty decision.

The Hoops managed to see off Aberdeen at Parkhead today in a big 2-1 success. Given Rangers’ 3-1 success at Livingston earlier today, nothing less than 3 points was going to do.

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Goals from Jota and Callum McGregor ensured we got the win. However, it was a game in which the Hoops had to show plenty of character to come away with the bragging rights.

That’s because, after cruising the game at 1-0 in the first 45, referee Kevin Clancy gave a shambolic penalty award to the Dons. As a corner came into the Hoosp penalty area on the 33rd minute, former Rangers defender David Bates embarrassingly dived to the deck in pathetic fashion.

Liel Abada had stuck a leg out but managed to pull out of the challenge before making contact. Bates dived regardless, and Clancy incredibly gave the decision. Lewis Ferguson equalised in confident fashion from the spot.

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It was almost yet another case of a major decision going against Celtic and costing us this season. There was absolutely no excuse for Clancy to miss the incident. He had a clear sight of it, and should’ve made the correct call.

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Regardless, Celtic showed real courage to down Aberdeen for a second time this season. It comes after a big win at Pittodrie back in October. Yet where as in that one we had to show character for a different reason, today it was all about some refereeing controversy.

Sure, you can say we should’ve had the game out of sight beforehand. We were certainly dominating, and the decision perhaps rocked us more than it should’ve done. But you could hardly blame Celtic for feeling rattled and hard done by.

We have a major challenge on our hands in securing the league championship this season. We need the refereeing decisions to be a lot more efficient than what we experienced this afternoon.

Even so, Ange Postecoglou’s men showed their bravery. Below, we take a look at the reaction to the penalty award with Celtic fans left less than impressed:

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