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12th Mar, 2017 | 7:28pm

Ally McCoist makes bold claim about this senior figure after Celtic draw against Rangers

By Amir Mir

Ally McCoist believes referee Bobby Madden was the “one of the best men on the park” as Celtic and Rangers secured a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon at Parkhead.

Former Gers striker McCoist made the bold claim after the duo shared the points in the Scottish Premiership encounter.

This despite, the senior figure not awarding the home team a penalty straight after the away team had equalised.

Striker Leigh Griffiths was hacked down by goalscorer Clint Hill into the dying minutes of the game, but the official opted against awarding the spot kick.

TV pundit McCoist hailed the referee on the day despite thinking that Brendan Rodgers side should have had a penalty.

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“I thought the referee was actually one of the best men on the park,” McCoist told Bein Sport as posted by a Football YouTube channel. “I thought he had a terrific afternoon, Bobby Madden.

“In the referee’s defence, he probably thinks Clint Hill takes a touch on the ball.”

The last time the duo had met at Celtic was in September when Mark Warburton was in charge of Rangers.

Furthermore, Premier League midfielder Joey Barton started that match as Rodgers guided his team to an impressive 5-1 win.

A lot has changed since then as Barton has since left the club and re-joined Burnley in the top flight of English football.

Furthermore, former Championship manager Warburton has left his post at Ibrox with Pedro Caixinha set to take charge of the club.

Nonetheless, former West Ham player Trevor Sinclair called the decision not to award Griffiths a penalty late on as “farcical” with Rodgers side maintaining their unbeaten run this season.

In other Celtic news, this is what Simon Jordan said about Rangers prior to the Old Firm clash.

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