Ross County striker Ross Stewart has cleared up why his second goal against Celtic yesterday was disallowed.
The Hoops cruised to a 4-1 win in Dingwall, and never looked in much danger despite Stewart netting a first-half equaliser. A Ryan Christie brace was added to by Tom Rogic and Mikey Johnston to secure a comfortable afternoon up in the Highlands.
However, we also seemed to get away with one after those goals too. A long ball was played in behind both Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer. Brian Graham walked back from an offside position, and Jullien seemed to bump into him slightly before trying to catch Stewart who slotted home.
Whilst many believed the foul was given for an offside, Stewart has been told differently. Speaking to the Press and Journal, the County striker cleared up the confusion.
“I spoke to the referee after the game. He said Brian, who was offside, obstructed Jullien. If that’s how he has seen it, I can’t do anything about it.
“From our point of view we feel it’s a good goal and it should stand. It was a nice finish, when I saw the ball coming to me I had it in my head what I was going to do. It was nice it came off but looking back now it doesn’t really matter as it has not stood.”
Seems harsh, but it doesn’t mean anything to Celtic
Stuart Kettlewell, one of Ross County’s co-managers, wasn’t happy and questioned what the rules are at full-time. In fairness to him, however, he also said his anger wasn’t that the goal would’ve changed the course of the game. Instead, it was the effect on the goal-difference he claimed he was unhappy with.
WATCH📱: Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell believes the referee got it wrong when he ruled out Ross Stewart's second goal against Celtic.
— BBC Sport Scotland (@BBCSportScot) December 1, 2019
You can watch the highlights for yourself here (BBC). When the ball comes over, Graham does get in Jullien’s away as he makes his move towards the ball. However, at the same time, you can argue that Jullien could perhaps have gotten out of the way if he really tried.
It simply looked as though County caught us out with the long ball and that we got away with one. Yet there also hasn’t been much said about the goal they scored in the first place.
When the Staggies leveled things up at 1-1, it came from a Stewart header that he managed to connect with thanks to a push on Tom Rogic. The County man had two hands on Tom’s back as he forced him out of his way before glancing home.
If you weigh everything up, it cancels the other out at best. County can feel aggrieved, but they were fortunate to even be on the scoresheet yesterday.
As for Celtic, the defensive lapses were a slight cause for concern. But we know the quality we have back there, and we roll on to this Wednesday night’s visit of Hamilton with supreme confidence.