No room for Celtic error as Iwelumo slams "lucky" Bobby Madden decision that bails out rivals

By Euan Davidson

September 25, 2021

Chris Iwelumo has slammed referee Bobby Madden as Rangers picked up a result that leaves no room for a Celtic slip-up.

The league being the way it is now, with false starts and dropped points all over the place, there’s no margin for error.

Because as we sat in on a Saturday, our nearest league rivals got some important results.

Rangers saw off Dundee today, albeit with the help of referee Bobby Madden, according to pundits and Dundee fans alike. And, manager James McPake, who was sent off for remonstrating with Madden at full-time [BBC].

Jon McLaughlin, it’s argued, should’ve been sent off for a last-ditch lunge on Paul McMullan. From the subsequent penalty, McLaughlin saved from a Jason Cummings effort.

According to the BBC’s Chris Iwelumo, a former Scotland international [BBC Sportsound]:

“Double jeopardy doesn’t come into it any more. Looking at the replay now, it is a penalty kick and he is last man, that is penalty kick and a sending off.

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“To be fair he has got very lucky there, he has went one way and it is a poor penalty. the keeper has moved and he has gone down the middle without any conviction or power there and it is an easy save. 

“But he shouldn’t be on the pitch. For me, he shouldn’t be on the pitch.”

“Help” for Rangers from Madden means Celtic are going to have step up Scottish Premiership efforts

It doesn’t change Celtic’s mission, of course.

Nor does it help that Hearts continue to win games. The Jambos finished 3 to the good against Livingston, a week after Livi beat Celtic on their home synthetic surface.

These are results that put pressure on Celtic. With a whole day to ruminate, and bemoan the decisions being made in our rivals’ favour, the stakes seem higher.

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Against a very decent Dundee United, Celtic could reach high as fourth tomorrow after 7 games. We have the luxury of playing at home, too. But so far, league form just hasn’t been good enough.

Realistically, we can’t lose too many more league games if we have title aspirations. And knowing the ability of our rivals in the top 6 to continually grind out results, it’s not going to be an easy campaign.

Postecoglou is already well aware of this.

If Rangers are going to pick up questionable wins like they did today, and Hearts continue to impress, there is no room for error, whatsoever.

If tomorrow wasn’t already important, it looks even more vital now.

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