Derek McInnes laughably claims Aberdeen should've had Celtic Park penalty

By David Walton

February 17, 2021

Derek McInnes appears to have found an excuse for Aberdeen failing to collect anything from Celtic Park tonight.

The Dons boss watched on as his side performed admirably but came away with nothing on the night. Indeed, David Turnbull’s strike was enough to seal a 1-0 win for the Hoops and eat into Rangers’ lead at the top a bit more. Celtic now sit 15 points behind their rivals.

However, it wasn’t all plain sailing tonight. Even so, as much as Aberdeen caused us some bother, no neutral watching that game will remember any penalty Aberdeen should’ve had. Yes, typically, the Pittodrie boss believes his team didn’t have any luck tonight. He believes his side should’ve been awarded a spot-kick for Florian Kamberi rattling the ball off Stephen Welsh’s hand.

Referee Alan Muir quite rightly turned the claim down. But McInnes wasn’t for letting it slide in his post-match press duties.

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland post-match [17/02; 20:39], McInnes said: “Sometimes you’re looking for a bit of fortune at times to go with the quality. The fortune should come with the penalty kick that we never got that should’ve been a penalty.

“I think we lost a penalty a couple of months ago at St Mirren. Bobby Madden’s given the penalty that day and it’s the same decision – maybe even closer. Sometimes distance comes into it, it’s the interpretation of it. The reason it was given at the time was because his hand was out and in an unnatural position, as was the boy tonight.

“If there’s a consistency there, and I know there’s an interpretation with the hand-ball and it is the most difficult one to decide upon. But if Bobby Madden is right then Alan was wrong. If it’s interpretation of the law, it should’ve been a penalty.”

Derek McInnes needs to watch it back – Aberdeen deserved no penalty at Celtic Park

McInnes, I can only assume, hasn’t watched this back. Because there’s no way a man with his experience in football could possibly believe that his team should’ve been given a spot-kick. There’s absolutely no justification for any potential awarding of one.

Kamberi is no more than four yards from Welsh. He smashes the ball right off his arm and wants a penalty. Welsh’s positioning sees his arms by his side. They are not in an unnatural position and not anywhere near a position that should warrant a penalty.

The fact is if a spot-kick is given then it’s a dangerous game you’re playing. You’re basically allowing players to aim for defenders’ arms in the box. If it connects then it’s a penalty. Look at the incident below, posted by a clearly unbiased supporter of neither club….

So there you have it. No penalty whatsoever. It’s actually pretty ridiculous that this is even a talking point. Only in the minds of Aberdeen and Rangers supporters could this possibly be a foul.

Regardless, the correct decision was made and that was that. Aberdeen can be proud of their performance, but let’s not pretend they were robbed.

In other news, Celtic supporters were full of praise for one star despite the disappointing performance tonight.