Chris Sutton delivers verdict on Celtic v Rangers, referee got this wrong
By Dominic Toner
Chris Sutton believes that Celtic should have had a late penalty in the draw against Rangers on Sunday.
The two Old Firms rivals played out an enthralling 1-1 draw in the Premiership, which ended the Bhoys’ winning run in the process.
Stuart Armstrong put the hosts in front during the first-half as he scored his 11th goals of the season.
However, Rangers’ veteran defender Clint Hill scored an equaliser in the 87th minute, tapping in from close-range after a Craig Gordon save.
Substitute Leigh Griffiths felt he should have been awarded a penalty in stoppage time after a challenge from Hill, but referee Bobby Madden waved complaints away.
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The forward managed to find space in the penalty area and it took a last ditch challenge from Hill to stop him, who slid in and appeared to make contact with both the player and ball.
Ex-Celtic striker Sutton has praised Rangers for their performance, but feels that Madden was wrong not to award his old club a late penalty.
“Great advert for Scottish football. (Graeme) Murty has shown (Mark) Warburton up. Well done to Rangers. But it was a penalty on Griffiths,” Sutton wrote on his personal Twitter account.
.@btsportfootball Great advert for Scottish football! Murty has shown Warbuton up. Well done to Rangers! But it was a penalty on Griffiths⚽️
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) March 12, 2017
Brendan Rodgers’ side will be bitterly disappointed to see their run end against their rivals, but they are still unbeaten domestically this season.
They now require just six more points to be crowned champions and could seal the title as early as 2 April.
The Bhoys have been superior in the previous Old Firm meetings this campaign, but were unable to dictate the play as much as usual.
Moussa Dembele had scored five goals in his previous three games against the the Gers, but that run came to an end.
His forward partner Griffiths was furious when his penalty claim was waved away and will feel it was two points definitely dropped.
In other Celtic news, Football Insider rates the club’s players after the draw against Rangers.