What Celtic pair Boli Bolingoli and Cameron Carter-Vickers said about penalty incident
Celtic duo Boli Bolingoli and Cameron Carter-Vickers both told the Motherwell players that they should’ve had a penalty at Fir Park yesterday in a classy gesture.
The Hoops ran out 2-0 winners in an important win in North Lanarkshire. The result takes Celtic up to 4th in the Premiership and now only 4 points off top spot.
However, it did come with some second-half controversy. When Celtic were cruising at 2-0, Boli appeared to slap the ball in the penalty area. It was missed by the referee and the Hoops got away with one. It was a decision that certainly left Steelmen manager Graham Alexander absolutely fuming [The Scotsman].
And striker Kevin van Veen has also reacted to the penalty incident as he disclosed what Boli and CCV told Motherwell stars about the claim. As quoted by the Herald, van Veen said: “He [Boli] said it was a penalty during the game to a few of our players. And I spoke to the centre-back Carter-Vickers too who said it was a penalty. I said ‘I know, I saw it with my own eyes’.
“It was 100 percent a penalty. Kayne Woolery threw the ball in, I took it on my chest, and he said it himself that it was a penalty. He reacted to the ball and just punched it away. It’s a 100 percent penalty. Unfortunately we never got it, and it would have been a good time to get the penalty too. There wasn’t many chances at both ends, so if we got it back to 2-1 we would probably pump the ball forward a lot more and then who knows what can happen?
“It’s a shame we never got it, but that’s football. I saw it right in front of my eyes. You can’t even deny it, it’s a penalty.”
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Celtic were always in cruise control at Fir Park despite penalty controversy
It’s easy to point at the penalty and use that as an excuse as to why Motherwell didn’t bag anything yesterday. It makes for an easy out for them to cover for the fact they were bossed for 90 minutes.
Celtic did a job on the Fir Park side as they controlled the midfield and gave them no encouragement in the final third. The fact Joe Hart didn’t even have a save to make shows just how dominant we were in the game.
Motherwell tried their best to throw crosses and long throws into the box when they could. But you have to tip the performance of Carl Starfelt and CCV for how efficiently they dealt with the Steelmen attack. Even if there was the odd moment of concern, this was much more like it.
Had Motherwell been given the penalty, granted, there’s a question to be asked about what could’ve happened. But there was also nothing to suggest in the game that Alexander’s side were going to go on and grab a second. They simply weren’t performing well enough to put that forward.
Celtic got what they deserved at Fir Park. If truth be told, it’s about time we got a decision go in our favour too. Rangers have certainly had plenty so far.
Was it a penalty? Absolutely. Should Boli have been less clumsy? 100%. But let’s not use it as some sort of turning point. We got exactly what we deserved yesterday.