By Keith Hackett

14th Dec, 2021 | 8:00am

Ex-Fifa referee hits back at Michael Stewart after 'remarkable' Carter-Vickers footage emerges from Celtic

Keith Hackett has insisted Euan Anderson was right not to award Motherwell a penalty for Cameron Carter-Vickers’ challenge on Tony Watt as Celtic won 1-0 at Parkhead.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Anderson’s position was “remarkable” and Watt was “looking” for a penalty.

Carter-Vickers made a mess of a clearance with the scores level before the ball fell to Watt, as shown on the BBC’s Sportscene programme.

Watt tried to take the ball past Cameron-Vickers before he was stopped by the Celtic defender leaving a leg out.

Anderson eventually awarded the Hoops a freekick as a Motherwell player who received the ball after Watt was blocked was in an offside position.

BBC pundits Michael Stewart and Richard Foster were in agreement that Anderson should have pointed to the spot for the challenge.

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Asked for his verdict on the incident, Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I’m not giving a penalty.

“Look at the position of the referee, it’s remarkable. I don’t see that as a penalty kick.

“They’re looking for it, I’m not giving it. The referee has got it right.”

Celtic won the game after Tom Rogic finished off a well-worked set-piece routine right at the end of the first half.

It extends their winning run to six games in the Scottish Premiership and they remain four points behind Glasgow rivals and league leaders Rangers.

Motherwell are in fifth after Graham Alexander won the manager of the month award for November – the second time he has picked up the award this season.

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