Bitter Malky Mackay does a Robbie Neilson after dramatic Celtic win; extraordinary comments

By John McGinley

December 16, 2021

Malky Mackay was not a happy man last night after Celtic scored a dramatic late winner against his Ross County side in Dingwall.

In fact, he was fuming with referee Alan Muir for allowing six minutes of injury time, which he daftly suggested was seven in his post-match interview.

Celtic scored with 96:06 on the clock after a minimum of six minutes was announced by the fourth official. The corner from which the Bhoys put pressure on and scored from was awarded well before.

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Malky Mackay could barely take Celtic win

Ludicrously, Mackay suggested the ref was going to play until Celtic scored.

The Ross County boss told BBC Sportsound: “It felt like the ref was going to keep playing until they scored. I don’t know where he got the seven minutes from. I’m more disappointed for the boys than anything else.

“We fought right to the last. It’s interesting that it’s the seventh minute of added-on time that the referee gives that they score in. I think you saw the relief from both their management and their fans at how happy they were to leave with anything.”

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Mackay also complained to the written press that he’d probably get in trouble if he said any more about it.

There was a lot of delay in the second half after Carl Starfelt was whacked in the face and left bleeding on the pitch, which he received a yellow card for.

Anyone watching the game would agree there was nothing untoward with the amount of time added on to the game, even if it looks extreme as an onlooker checking in.

Mackay should know better though and to see him do a Robbie Neilson is a bit sad. Maybe Celtic will win one of these days without the opposition manager suggesting there is a grand conspiracy against their team.

In other news, Anthony Ralston just gave the Ange Postecoglou Celtic era what it had been missing.