Scott Sinclair has revealed that controversial referee John Beaton saluted him for his honesty during Celtic’s 2-2 draw with Hibernian on Sunday.
Sinclair, who was at the centre of a diving storm following the Betfred Cup Final against Motherwell last month, had shirt pulled by Hibs defender Stephen Whittaker as he ran through on goal.
Instead of going down though, Sinclair – whose two goals took his total for the season to 14 on Sunday- stayed on his feet and took a shot on goal, which was saved by the goalkeeper.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Sinclair disclosed that Beaton – whose handling of a stormy Rangers-Hibs game this season drew plenty of comment – praised him for not going down.
He said: “The ref actually said to me, ‘well done for staying on your feet’. If I can get a shot off, I’ll always stay on my feet. That’s how it went.
“I wasn’t thinking about it. I forget all about the last few games and was just concentrating on today. I managed to get my shot off, and that was that.”
The game was full of incident, as two Sinclair goals in the second-half seemed to put the Celts in the driving seat for the three points, before two goals in three minutes brought the Easter Road side level.
The last minute of the game was frantic, as Craig Gordon almost cost the Hoops their unbeaten run by dropping the ball, but Mikael Lustig managed to clear Oli Shaw’s effort off the line.
Then Sinclair took the ball on a counter-attack and blazed the ball over the bar whilst in a good position to score.
The draw saw Celtic stretch their unbeaten domestic record to 68 games, and they are five points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a game in hand.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers praised Scott Brown after the match against Hibs