Michael Stewart calls out the wrongly disallowed Celtic goal everyone is forgetting about

By David Walton

February 10, 2022

BBC Sportscene pundit Michael Stewart has been the first to highlight the wrongly disallowed Celtic goal as debate instead rages on over the Hoops’ winner.

Celtic bagged a huge 3-2 win at Pittodrie thanks to goals from Jota (x2) and Matt O’Riley. The Celtic winger’s winner, however, has been over-analysed since full-time.

Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass was left furious over it as he called out the decision [Daily Record]. It was also the main focus on BBC Sportsound after the game as Pat Bonner and Willie Miller debated the incident.

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However, everyone has conveniently forgotten the Jota goal that should’ve made it 3-0 to Celtic. After making a clever run and shrugging off the attention of Calvin Ramsey, the Celtic man was flagged wrongly for offside. He slotted the opportunity beyond Gary Woods, but no goal was given. And this was something Stewart was keen to highlight on Sportscene last night:

“First of all you say credit to Celtic for getting themselves back in front. But yes there is a huge element of controversy about it because I do think Liel Abada is in an offside position and he does affect the game. But this is Celtic really going after it. They let themselves down, they let Aberdeen back into the game.

“I do think if Abada wasn’t there then I think it’s pretty clear Bates would’ve been able to go and challenge and perhaps flick the ball away.

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“Do you know what the other thing is? And Ange Postecoglou goes on about this all the time, focusing on individual incidents. There was one in the first half where Jota was flagged offside where he scored and knocked it past the goalkeeper. I think he was probably onside in that one. So perhaps they’ve balanced themselves out in that game. But you can understand why Aberdeen were raging in that moment.”

Nobody mentioning Celtic disallowed goal as debate rages over Hoops winner

It doesn’t matter whether Jota was flagged for being offside or whether it was due to the shove on the Aberdeen defender. It’s a goal that should’ve stood as both decisions would’ve been wrong.

If Jota had been allowed to wheel away and celebrate putting us 3-0 ahead, the game was certainly dead and buried. Make no mistake about that. Any Aberdeen fightback would’ve been merely a consolation one.

Celtic had the game exactly where they wanted it at that stage. It was in our hands and at 3-0, Aberdeen’s heads likely would’ve dropped further in the second 45.

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Instead, they were allowed to sniff an opportunity in the second half. Of course, fair play to them for getting back into it with 2 set-pieces. They took advantage of a weakness Celtic clearly still have in their ranks. No complaints about that.

But you can’t just focus on the winning goal and act as if Jota’s disallowed strike didn’t even happen. We get that it suits a narrative rival supporters will love to push. However, it hardly leans towards fairness does it?

We fully deserved our 3-2 win last night, and fair play to Aberdeen for making a good solid game of it. But if all of the big decisions were right, Celtic would’ve had the game wrapped up a lot earlier.

In other news, Sky Sports shown up after screening 0-0 borefest instead of Celtic Pittodrie thriller