Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes thinks if Celtic had been denied the penalties his side have claimed for recently ‘the whole world would know’ about them, The Daily Record report.
Neil Lennon, Odsonne Edouard and the rest of the in-form Celtic squad are due to travel to Pittodrie next Sunday to face the Dons.
McInnes was left fuming yesterday after feeling that Matty Kennedy was fouled inside the Kilmarnock box, with referee Nick Walsh instead blowing for a free-kick.
The Scottish Cup tie would end 0-0.
After the game, he suggested the decisions going against his side recently were not being given the correct amount of coverage in comparison to both Celtic and Rangers.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “We should get a penalty again. That’s three penalties we’ve been denied in the last five games. If it was Rangers and Celtic the whole world would know about it.
“Once again Matty Kennedy is brought down and it’s a penalty we haven’t been given. We should have had a penalty against Motherwell and St Mirren.
“It’s not good enough.”
It’s a strange complaint to make considering Aberdeen are just as entitled as anyone to give their thoughts to the Scottish FA, release statements to fans or generate media coverage with their own comments.
If McInnes isn’t happy with officiating in this country he has the platform to make it a national story in the Scottish sports press.
Clearly he is frustrated right now but it’s not like coverage of refereeing decisions in relation to Celtic is entirely favourable to the club either.
Just look at the furore surrounding Leigh Griffiths against Hamilton.
That rumbled on for days in the back pages and he was eventually ruled to have not acted in a way befitting of a red card or ban.
Heading to Pittodrie at the perfect time?
The Aberdeen manager should be more focused on the issues in his current side rather than what they are or aren’t getting from officials.
His team have failed to score a single goal in their last five matches, losing to Motherwell and St Johnstone in the process.
They aren’t conceding many either, but their lack of goal threat is notable.
It is in this toothless form that the Hoops head to Aberdeen next week and with Lennon’s team in such a rich vein of scoring form, the trip could be coming at the perfect time.
Since the return from the winter break, Celtic have scored 19 goals in six matches.
Our last three visits to Aberdeen have results in ten goals scored and zero conceded, including a 4-0 victory there earlier this season.
Hopefully we can find our scoring boots again in the north east and secure another three points next weekend.