Brendan Rodgers reveals official apology after Celtic in v Hibernian
By James Black
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that assistant referee Frank Connor apologised after his part in awarding a penalty against the Hoops.
Referee Kevin Clancy pointed to the spot after Martin Boyle was brought down by Dedryck Boyata – although replays showed it shouldn’t have been a foul – and Clancy consulted near-side official Connor before making a decision.
Anthony Stokes scored from the spot to give his side a lifeline but ultimately it was to prove worthless as doubles from Mikael Lustig and Moussa Dembele sealed Celtic’s place in the final after a 4-2 win.
Connors didn’t speak directly to Rodgers however he claims the official spoke to Boyata after the game as Rodgers was holding a post-match press conference.
“The young linesman came in after the game and apologised – that takes courage,” Rodgers said, as quoted by STV’s website.
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“He was looking for me but I was at my press conference so I didn’t get a chance to speak to him. But he came in to apologise and said to Dedryck Boyata he made a mistake.
“That takes a lot for someone to do that. Thankfully it didn’t cost us but he made a mistake and owned up to it.”
Celtic will now face Motherwell in the League Cup final after the Steelmen won a fiery clash with Rangers 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Louis Moult’s second-half brace was enough for Stephen Robinson’s side in a game that wasn’t short of a few refereeing blunders of it’s own.
Next up for Celtic is a trip to face Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Wednesday night in the Scottish Premiership.
The two sides are level on points at the top of the table and will be hoping to make first place their own.