Celtic legend and Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has blasted the Celtic players and manager for coming to the defence of Scott Sinclair, calling them “hypocritical”.
Sinclair was accused of diving by Motherwell in the Betfred Cup Final, for an incident which Celtic were awarded a penalty and Cedric Kipre was sent-off.
Writing in his column in the Daily Express, NIcholas commented that Celtic have been “hypocritical” following other controversial decisions last season.
Nicholas said: “What got to me was Sinclair’s manager and teammates all leaping to his defence and saying it was a penalty.
“Celtic were up in arms when Ross County’s Alex Schalk won a controversial penalty in a 2-2 draw in Dingwall in April.
“His then manager Jim McIntyre admitted straight away it wasn’t a penalty, and Schalk was correctly hit with a retrospective ban. Why could no one from Celtic do the same with Sinclair’s dive? They are being hypocritical by not doing so.”
After the game Brendan Rodgers confirmed that he thought it was a penalty as there was contact but admitted that Sinclair had been “clever” in going down.
Celtic and Motherwell meet tomorrow at Celtic Park in their third and final encounter of the week, with bad feeling growing between both sides.
The Steelmen are angry not only about the aforementioned penalty won by Scott Sinclair, but also the late penalty won by Callum McGregor at Fir Park on Wednesday night.
The penalty – which was converted by Scott Sinclair, ironically enough – kept Celtic’s unbeaten British record domestic run going, it now stands at 66 games.
Celtic go into tomorrow’s game four points ahead of Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership table with a game in hand, following the Dons’ 3-0 midweek defeat to Rangers at Ibrox.
The game is the first of nine in December for Celtic, which includes the final Champions League group stage match against Anderlecht and home matches against both Aberdeen and Rangers.