By Will Butcher
Dermot Gallagher believes referee Bobby Madden was wrong in ignoring Celtic’s claims for a late penalty during Sunday’s Old Firm clash against Rangers.
Madden waved away claims for a penalty in injury time at Celtic Park, after veteran Gers defender Clint Hill brought down Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths with the score finishing 1-1.
Former Premier League referee Gallagher believes Madden was wrong not to award Celtic a penalty late on, but felt sympathy for the 38-year-old referee.
“He has got it wrong, it was a foul,” Gallagher declared on Sky Sports News’ Premier League Daily Show on Monday.
“The referee is too far away, in that situation he can’t give a penalty because he is unsure. Because he is square on, he can only see behind Griffiths.”
“The problem he’s got is that he can only give a foul if he is convinced, but he can’t give one because he cannot be sure in the position he is. I feel for Madden, it’s a very tough decision.”
Celtic had taken the lead in the first half as they looked to continue their winning streak of 17 matches in all competitions through playmaker Stuart Armstrong.
Armstrong, who has been called up to Gordon Strachan’s Scotland squad to face Canada and Slovenia this month, opened the scoring with a powerful effort from the edge of the area.
However, Rangers defied the odds to end Celtic’s run, by equalising late on through defender Hill after a shot from Emerson Hyndman was parried by goalkeeper Craig Gordon.
But the drama was not over at Celtic Park, as Hill clumsily tackled Griffiths in the penalty area with the striker through on goal but claims for a late penalty were ignored by Madden.
In other Celtic news, fans have reacted to Armstrong’s call-up to Strachan’s squad.