Michael Stewart addresses controversially disallowed Celtic goal at Tynecastle

By David Walton

August 1, 2021

Michael Stewart believes Celtic were wrongly disallowed a goal at Tynecastle last night, but believes the Hoops shouldn’t be in a position where they’re clinging onto poor decisions.

Ange Postecoglou’s Hoops came up short in a 2-1 loss to Hearts in our Premiership opener. Any notion that we would get our domestic campaign off to a flyer has gone up in smoke.

However, at 1-1, a key decision was made when Liel Abada fired home only for Greg Taylor to be flagged offside in the build-up. It’s a decision that’s left Celtic supporters incensed.

And Stewart believes Celtic fans are right to be annoyed as he said two Hearts players were playing Taylor onside.

Speaking on Sportscene last night, Stewart said: “This is a goal, there’s no doubt about it. Greg Taylor is onside here. He’s played onside by Souttar and Michael Smith.

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“It’s very, very tight. These incidents can go against you on occasion. It’s very unfortunate for Celtic. Smith and Souttar are playing him on. His arm is offside but you can’t score with your arm, so he’s not offside.

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“But if Celtic are hanging their hopes on marginal decisions like that, I think that tells you everything you need to know.”

Michael Stewart addresses Celtic Tynecastle controversy; Hoops didn’t react well enough to injustice

It was a painful decision, but the game was hardly over at the time. It came only minutes after Anthony Ralston had drawn us level. Celtic were in a good place, bossing the tempo, and suddenly creating chances.

The reaction to that injustice should’ve riled the players up. It should’ve had them determined to find another opening and get what would’ve been a deserved three points. Instead, we went into our shell and allowed Hearts to express themselves in the final 20 minutes.

Craig Gordon’s only real work came in the final few moments when he denied James Forrest and Carl Starfelt. But between the offside and the final minutes, Celtic were lifeless in the final third.

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It’s highly frustrating given this was yet another game that was in our grasp. We had Hearts on the ropes just as we did with Midtjylland on Wednesday night. Yet it ends in total failure.

Postecoglou now has a massive week ahead of him at Parkhead. Our Europa League qualifier against Jablonec will be followed by Dundee at Celtic Park.

Even at this early stage, there’s no other option. Celtic need two wins out of two as early-season momentum continues to evade us.

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