Stephen Glass unhappy with key incident vs Celtic

By David Walton

April 22, 2021

So it looks as though new Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass isn’t going to much be much different than his predecessor when it comes to moaning about decisions.

Derek McInnes was always one to come up with fantasy penalty claims or decisions that shouldn’t have been. He always loved a good moan after a game against the Hoops.

Well, Glass did no different last night after Aberdeen drew 1-1 with Celtic at Pittodrie. Indeed, Leigh Griffiths’ later header spared our blushes in another poor display from the Bhoys.

And it turns out Glass wasn’t happy with one particular incident that didn’t go in his side’s favour. When Jonny Hayes raced through on goal, he was touched ever so slightly by Callum McGregor. Instead of trying to stay on his feet, the Dons winger disappointingly just threw himself to the deck and the chance was gone.

Glass wasn’t happy with it, and was even booked by Collum for moaning incessantly about the decision. Post-match, he then incredibly tried to say Hayes was too honest. As quoted by the Daily Record, the Aberdeen manager said: “McGregor did not touch the ball. His body hits him and you see his arm coming across the front of Jonny.

“He is not going to dive and maybe the players need to be a bit more streetwise, if you like. We don’t want them to do that because we expect things to be handled properly, but I won’t criticise the referees.”

Stephen Glass gets it wrong; Celtic were hardly let off the hook

By all means be critical of the referees when they make a wrong decision that’s blatantly obvious. Instead the new Aberdeen manager will just take sly digs at them instead and pretend he isn’t being critical. But perhaps Glass just hasn’t seen this one back yet.

McGregor puts a little bit of contact on Hayes. Nowhere near enough to go down. Some people seem to forget at times that this is a contact sport – you’re allowed to touch you’re opponent without fouling him.

Perhaps the best part is when Glass tries to say that Hayes stays on his feet. What? He clearly goes down almost as soon as McGregor applies any sort of pressure on him. How on earth is Callum supposed to win the ball without making any sort of contact? It’s never a penalty and Willie Collum surprisingly got it right.

Jonny Hayes goes down under minimal contact (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

It would maybe be more fitting if Glass instead looked towards his own player and question why he didn’t stay on his feet? Any decent connection and he surely would’ve made it 2-0. Instead, it looked as though Hayes was itching to take the foul instead.

If a free-kick or penalty had been given for that and McGregor was sent off, the game would be gone. You wouldn’t be able to track back and when a player is through on goal you would be as well just leaving them to try and score it.

Hopefully, when Glass sees the replays, he’ll notice it was anything but a foul.

In other news, John Kennedy has bigged up Leigh Griffiths’ fitness levels – with 3 games remaining.