Michael Stewart slams Andrew Dallas decision in Celtic match

By John McGinley

November 8, 2020

BBC Sportscene pundit Michael Stewart believes Motherwell player Devante Cole should have been shown a red card for his shocking challenge on Celtic star Jeremie Frimpong today.

The young Bhoys defender had to be substituted off after a high, studs-up lunge from Cole.

Referee Andrew Dallas decided only to show a yellow card.

It was a decision that attracted the ire of online Celtic supporters, as we discussed earlier.

They are right, and the neutral Stewart has also weighed in with his opinion tonight after ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson suggested it shouldn’t have been a red.

The former Hearts and Hibs man said, live on BBC Scotland tonight (19:38): “No, there’s no chance, it was a red card all day long. The ball never moves off the line; it’s not as if Devante Cole is going for the ball and it moves.

“He just goes straight into Frimpong, that is a red card all day long. I think Stephen Robinson’s being… I don’t see how you can look at that from Stephen Robinson’s perspective [and say it’s not a red].”

Fellow Sportscene pundit Marvin Bartley would go on to add: “Frimpong’s obviously going to have a scan on it and see the extent of the damage but, as Mikey’s saying, it’s a red card.

“I know Stephen Robinson is trying to protect his player, but there’s an action as well. I don’t get the studding action. It’s so high, and it’s far too dangerous to be doing that.”

Clearly, this isn’t a case of Celtic fans wearing green-tinted glasses and hopefully manager Neil Lennon has told Dallas that letting challenges like that go unpunished is out of order.

Celtic star Jeremie Frimpong receiving treatment / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

I wouldn’t even be surprised to see the club make further comment on the incident and decision, given the nature of it and the fact that Frimpong could be seriously injured.

It’s not the first time that Frimpong has been on the receiving end of bad challenges and likely won’t be the last.

In other news, Christopher Jullien is ramping up his Celtic comeback.