Kenny Miller's desperate penalty call for rivals; incredibly dismisses clear Celtic claim

By David Walton

April 4, 2022

Kenny Miller believes Rangers were denied a stonewall penalty after giving a laughable excuse as to why Celtic were right to have been denied one.

It looked as though the Hoops’ 2-1 win at Ibrox was going to end up going by without any controversy. The better team won on the day and there were no real major talking points to come out in the way of decisions.

But trust the Rangers supporting pundits to find something to have a pop at. Indeed, Miller was left voicing his opinion that the Ibrox side were denied a “stonewall” penalty yesterday. The incident occurred when Cameron Carter-Vickers and Connor Goldson had a grab of each other’s shirts. Goldson then let go whilst CCV kept a hold.

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Meanwhile, however, Maeda had a claim just as solid up the other end. He knocked the ball by McGregor before being clipped in the box. Miller gave an utterly ridiculous excuse as to why that wasn’t given as he bemoaned the penalty Rangers didn’t get.

Speaking on Sportscene firstly about Maeda, Miller said: “It is a penalty claim. Because he’s doing that motion [shifting the ball from left foot to right], the contact does come but he goes down late. So I think it would’ve been a real soft penalty.”

Then when speaking about Goldson’s claim, Miller said: “This for me if VAR’s in is a stonewall penalty or if Willie Collum sees that. He’s got a whole chunk of the jersey. Connor Goldson’s trying to adjust to the flight of the ball and his movement is impeded by a whole handful of Goldson’s shirt that Carter-Vickers has got.

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“So I think if that’s seen it’s a penalty. You see that at every corner, every free-kick that’s given – there is a bit of jostling. But that in particular, I think that gets given probably next year if VAR’s in.”

VAR would’ve also given Daizen Maeda’s claim Kenny…

I would love to know which part of the IFAB rules tells you that you have to go down under contact in order for it to be deemed a penalty. Maeda is clipped. He’s taken off his stride. It doesn’t matter whether he would get to the ball or not. A foul is a foul.

We can argue whether it’s a stonewaller or not. Some Celtic fans may even believe it isn’t a penalty. But the likelihood is that VAR would also have given Maeda’s call. They would’ve seen the clip from McGregor and pointed to the spot.

As for CCV’s. Yeah, VAR probably also gives that too. But it’s not as if Rangers were done some sort of injustice yesterday. None more so than when we were undone by that penalty decision on Maeda.

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It just feels as if this is happening far too often. That decisions that should go the way of Celtic are being overlooked. And instead being overshadowed by decisions that could’ve gone against us but didn’t. It’s no excuse for the result yesterday and it certainly shouldn’t be painted as if Rangers were hard done by.

If anything, Willie Collum could’ve given us a penalty and could’ve sent Ryan Jack off for pushing Giorgos Giakoumakis’ face into the Ibrox turf. Let’s not pretend we got away with anything. We were deserved winners and on another day could’ve been taking home a more convincing scoreline.

Massive credit to Ange and the Bhoys. As for any “controversy” coming out of yesterday? It certainly wasn’t one-sided.

In other news, The brave Giorgos Giakoumakis Celtic incident that left rival supporters riled up