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12th Mar, 2017 | 3:01pm

Brendan Rodgers gives verdict on late penalty incident as Celtic draw with Rangers

By Will Butcher

Brendan Rodgers is adamant that Celtic should have had a penalty late on during Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Old Firm rivals Rangers.

Veteran defender Clint Hill brought down Leigh Griffiths in the box, with replays showing that he got a slight touch on the ball after making contact with the Hoops substitute from behind.

Manager Rodgers claimed that he believes the 47-time Scottish champions deserved a penalty for the tackle on Griffiths, which was instead waved away by referee Bobby Madden.

The former Liverpool boss revealed that he had spoken with Hill following the full-time whistle, claiming that the defender had said he got away with one.

“We should’ve had a penalty right at the death. Clear cut penalty,” Rodgers told Celtic’s official Twitter account.

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“Clint Hill told me he got away with it. Clint’s a good guy, honest man. He said he got away with one.”

Celtic took the lead in the first half, after a mistake from Gers midfielder Jason Holt allowed Stuart Armstrong to power a shot home from the edge of the box.

However, the Hoops were unable to hold on to their lead and secure a fourth consecutive Old Firm win, as Emerson Hyndman’s shot was parried into the path of former QPR defender Hill.

His late equaliser from close range delighted Gers fans, but the drama was not over there as he almost gave away a penalty for his clumsy tackle on Griffiths.

The draw leaves Celtic 25 points ahead of second placed Aberdeen, with a trip to Dundee’s Dens Park up next on March 19.

In other Celtic news, fans have reacted to the performance of former Bhoy Kenny Miller.

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