Disallowed goal in Celtic game deserves to be highlighted

By John Reid

December 27, 2019

One aspect of Celtic’s 2-1 win over St Mirren on Boxing Day that deserves to be highlighted is an incident that occurred in second-half of the game.

Odsonne Edouard was denied what looked to be a good goal just after the start of the second-half. He was ruled offside by the assistant referee. The decision was a marginal one, but Edouard did look to be onside.

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That decision could have been costly had the Hoops dropped points, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. The annoying thing for Celtic is that had the goal stood, the team would have gone 3-0 up. Edouard could have been substituted far earlier than he was.

Thankfully Celtic managed to hang on, and can move on to Sunday’s Glasgow derby.

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It will be interesting to see if the Hoops boss Neil Lennon makes a reference to the offside goal in any of his press conferences in the run-up to the derby. He could consider doing it in a ‘mind games’ aspect. That it is important that no similar decision is made in the derby, for example.

Manager didn’t say much about decision

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Lennon didn’t really say much about Edouard’s goal after the St Mirren game, only that “he was maybe unfortunate with the one second-half as it looked onside, so he didn’t get the rub of the green there”, as reported by the Evening Express.

The Glasgow derby is the biggest game in Scottish football. Sunday’s game is bigger than most, as the teams are only separated by five points in the league table.

Therefore, it is vital that any decision that is made by the referee and his assistants on the day is the correct one. Hopefully all the talk after the derby is about another Celtic win over Rangers. Not about any decisions that have been made by the officials in the game.

The more marginal decisions that go against Celtic that are highlighted the better, as hopefully it leads to an end to those decisions.