Craig Gordon the latest to whine about Celtic game; claims official tried to wind him up

By David Walton

May 9, 2022

Craig Gordon has been left raging after being ripped apart by Celtic as he claimed that one of the linesman tried to wind him up about the second goal.

Hearts in typical fashion have refused to just accept defeat to the better team. Robbie Neilson came out and had a pop at the referee immediately after the game [Sky Sports]. Defender Toby Sibbick did likewise as they continue to find things to moan about despite the margin of scoreline.

One of the goals where there was no debate of course was Kyogo Furuhashi’s header to put Celtic 2-1 ahead. The Japanese international glanced home despite Gordon clawing it out just as it crept over the line. Gordon turned to the linesman at the time and stated “no way” before being corrected when he saw the footage back.

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And as he complained about the decisions at Parkhead on Saturday, the Hearts goalkeeper revealed what the linesman said to him afterward. As quoted by the Edinburgh Evening News, Gordon said: “I cannot understand how it’s not a free-kick, then Celtic catch us on the break and they’re so good at that. We are really unfortunate not to get that decision on the edge of the box in [Stephen] Kingsley territory. It’s disappointing on so many levels.

“I think it’s about a millimetre over the line [Kyogo’s goal]. How the linesman from 40 yards away can 100 per cent know that’s over the line, I’m not entirely sure. We’ll have to give him it as a good call.

“He was winding me up coming out for the second half, saying: ‘Good decision, good decision, eh?’ I was like: ‘Oh right, so it’s like that?’ Fair enough, he backed his call. I thought I’d saved it.”

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You can see why the first goal was never a freekick for a start. Yes, Callum McGregor goes in between Sibbick’s legs to retrieve the ball. But he wins it without clipping his rival and it’s clear that Don Robertson believed he’d won the ball. You can debate it, but it’s hardly some sort of massive injustice for Hearts.

The second goal was the right call. It’s not even debatable. The assistant saw that the ball had gone over the line so gave it as a goal. Maybe he wasn’t 100% certain, but it could just be the case he was more confident in it being over the line than not. Had it been ruled out, it would’ve been a massive injustice for the Hoops.

As for being wound up by the assistant? Come on. Is the personality really being taken out of football these days? That Gordon can’t take comments like that without being wound up is more of a reflection on him than anything else.

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This idea that Hearts were somehow done by poor decisions is just an excuse for them to cover up how dominant we were over them throughout the 90 minutes. It’s a mask to conceal the distance that’s clearly evident between the 2 sides.

Gordon’s team may be well clear in 3rd spot, but Celtic are still so far ahead of them it’ll be a concern for them.

Celtic have won 4 of their 5 meetings against Hearts this term, with the only defeat coming on opening day before Ange Postecoglou had formed his squad together.

In other news, Greg Taylor delivers perfect response to the idea of losing his Celtic spot