Video: The blatant Celtic penalty John Beaton somehow missed at Tannadice

By David Walton

March 16, 2022

As the fallout from Dundee United 0-3 Celtic continues to roll on, Hoops fans have had to read constantly about how they got away with one.

That’s because the challenge from Reo Hatate has seen a host of pundits come out and state that he was fortunate to stay on the pitch. It’s a ridiculous narrative regardless considering his challenge didn’t fall within the laws of a red card offence.

But there was an even clearer offence that Beaton somehow managed to miss in the second half. Celtic should’ve been given a penalty kick when a corner bounced up and struck a United man’s arm. You can see for yourself below:

The incident itself was broadcast on Sportscene. However, they decided not to bother analysing it. Of course, Hatate’s challenge was brought up with James McFadden another to label him “fortunate”.

The penalty incident came after Daizen Maeda wrongly had a goal chopped off due to an accidental handball from Giorgos Giakoumakis.

It’s yet the latest in a long list of frustrating refereeing decisions that appear to have been ignored by the media and BBC Sportscene producers.

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Celtic potentially done out of 2 goals at Tannadice – we were anything but “fortunate”

Celtic fans have been made to believe that we’ve gotten away with one here with Hatate. Yet the truth is when you look at decisions that should’ve been given, we were probably denied 2 goals on the day. It’s not wrong to think we could’ve left Tannadice with a score reading Dundee United 0-5 Celtic.

That’s without even including the late push on Karamoko Dembele in the box. Granted, that one looked a touch softer than the handball incident. But even so, you’ve seen them given. Not generally for Celtic, but you’ve seen them given.

The reaction to Monday’s powerful win won’t surprise Celtic supporters. There’s always a need to make a big deal out of one debatable decision that does go in our favour. Whilst nobody has suggested that the result would’ve been different had Hatate been sent off, there’s a narrative being set that we got away with it.

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Celtic deserve better than that. Their performance deserves better than that. We were the dominant side for 90 minutes and fully merited a scoreline of 3-0. It could easily have been greater.

Then again, it doesn’t make for a more compelling narrative if you point out the decisions we should’ve been given. It’s not as fun a spin for the media.

But we as Celtic fans can see with our own eyes what goes on in games. Even if nobody else wants to point it out, we were done by 2 decisions that halted us from winning by an even greater margin. The difference is our club knows how to get the job done regardless; unlike some others.

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