BBC man in disbelief at Ibrox penalty shout; could've been huge for Celtic, Jack Ross unhappy

By John McGinley

December 26, 2020

Rangers appear to have got away with conceding a ‘stonewall’ penalty at Ibrox today, in an incident that could’ve provided a big boost to Celtic.

The Ibrox side only won their match at home to Hibernian by a 1-0 margin.

A pivotal penalty shout in the second half would likely have seen Hibs equalise, potentially springboarding them to a massive point on their travels.

Clearly that would have been fantastic for Celtic too, who are hoping on Steven Gerrard’s side dropping points in the Scottish Premiership.

Goalscorer Ianis Hagi appeared to go in with a high boot on Hibs man Joe Newell, but referee Willie Collum refused to point to the spot.

BBC Sportsound pundit Michael Stewart was in disbelief.

He told the broadcaster (13:48): “How is that not a penalty? Joe Newell gets himself in front of Ianis Hagi, it’s an absolute stonewall penalty kick. That happens all the time all over the park and every single time it’s a free-kick.”

It wasn’t the only penalty shout, with James Tavernier also tripping Ryan Porteous in the Rangers box.

Jack Ross wasn’t happy

Like Stewart, Hibernian boss Jack Ross felt his side should have had a spot-kick, telling Sky Sports (14:30): “We should have had at least one.

“The Ryan Porteous one is a penalty kick. It’s difficult for me to see at the time but watching it before I come out to speak to you I don’t think there is any doubt that it’s a penalty kick.”

Hibernian gave a good account of themselves in Glasgow and had enough chances to bring something back to Edinburgh.

Hibernian manager Jack Ross / (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

With Celtic beating Hamilton this afternoon, today’s action could have resulted in a significant change in momentum in the title race.

Sadly it looks like Scotland’s officials have failed in their duties.

It wouldn’t be the first time. It likely won’t be the last.

In other news, Neil Lennon has provided an injury update on Celtic defender Christopher Jullien.