Celtic’s penalty against Motherwell last night was one of the biggest flash-points of the game, but should they have had another?
Footage has emerged from last night of a moment shortly after Leigh Griffiths missed his spot-kick. It shows Celtic star Kieran Tierney advancing into the box before being hauled to the deck by a Motherwell defender.
Celtic were 1-0 ahead at the time and had just been given a penalty for a foul on Ryan Christie in the box. As we all know, the game went on to finish 1-1. You can view the incident below.
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There’s hardly any guarantee Celtic would’ve scored the penalty, having missed their two previous spot-kicks. Scott Sinclair and Leigh Griffiths have both been scuppered from the spot in the last two matches alone.
There was certainly some rough contact between Tierney and the Motherwell defender. Celtic will feel hard done by considering a plethora of decisions last night that didn’t go their way.
Other decisions didn’t go Celtic’s way
Filip Benkovic also had a goal disallowed whilst Allan Campbell of Motherwell should’ve been sent off for two bookable offences. Sliding in on Callum McGregor, the Motherwell man should’ve seen a second yellow. In typical Kevin Clancy style, however, he seen nothing wrong with the incident.
It was a damaging evening for Celtic last night. Rangers’ loss at home to Aberdeen could’ve seen the Hoops top the table. They were heading for just that before Danny Johnson’s late equaliser sealed a point for the Steelmen.
Kilmarnock now sit top of the Premiership ahead of a must-win game on Saturday. Victory against Killie would see Celtic go top of the table for at least 24 hours until Rangers face Dundee. Both sides remain level on points and goal difference – therefore a big victory would likely be enough for Celtic to stay top after the weekend.
The penalty footage will be frustrating for Hoops fans, as will most of last night. It’s imperative they put it behind them, however, and focus on the task at hand on Saturday.