Former Celtic man Scott Allan escapes derby yellow card

By Connor Gordon

March 4, 2020

Former Celtic midfielder Scott Allan escaped a derby day sending off after handling the ball like Ryan Christie.

Allan had already been booked when he handed Hearts a penalty in the second half.

The ex-Celt stupidly struck the ball with his hand while defending a corner.

The decision comes two weeks after Christie was booked for an identical offence in Europe.

Scott Allan not booked after Ryan Christie foul

Allan gave rivals Hearts the match on a plate when he gave them a penalty with the game poised at 0-0.

Scott Allan is lucky to escape a derby suspension after hand ball. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The Jam Tarts swung a corner into the box with Allan completely taking his eye off the ball.

The former Hoops put his left arm into the air while trying to challenge for the ball.

Despite little contact by the Hearts man, Allan clearly handled the ball inside the penalty area.

Sean Clare opened the scoring with the spot kick and the Jambos went on to win 1-3.

Sean Clare scored goal after getting involved in hand ball. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, eagle eyed Hoops fans shouldn’t have short memories when it comes to Allan’s offence.

Over a fortnight ago, Celtic experienced their first taste of VAR in the first leg in Copenhagen.

The referee originally missed Christie handling the ball similarly to Allan and a penalty was awarded.

But, Christie was also booked for the offence after the referee watched the foul on the VAR screen.

Ryan Christie received a yellow card for an identical foul against Copenhagen. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

This meant he missed the second leg last week which Copenhagen won resoundingly.

Allan escaped a second yellow card last night as referee Kevin Clancy only awarded the penalty.

Hopefully an explanation in consistency will come in due course from the referees over the Allan decision.

How can a Celtic player in Europe get punished at the highest level but Allan avoid a booking in an crunch derby match?