Ex-Fifa referee issues verdict as controversial Carter-Vickers footage emerges from Celtic
The referee made the right decision by not giving Dundee a penalty in their 4-2 loss to Celtic, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee praised Alan Muir’s positioning and confidence in making the call.
Dundee appealed for a penalty when Cameron Carter-Vickers and Lee Ashcroft grappled each other in the Celtic penalty area.
Muir gave Celtic a free kick despite protests from the Dundee players.
The score was 4-2 at the time and a penalty would have given the hosts a chance to get back into the game with two minutes left plus stoppage time.
Ashcroft had scored the Dees second goal in the 67th minute but Celtic were able to hold onto their eighth Scottish Premiership win of the season.
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“He’s given a free-kick,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I can’t see the refereeing being better placed than that. I’m not giving it, me. I’d go with the referee.
“Sadly, it’s what happens in the penalty area now.
“The referee is in a good position, he’s been confident and accurate and made the call.
“That comes under the banner of safety refereeing. He’s gone safety first, standard procedure.”
The 4-2 win means the Hoops are now unbeaten in eight games across all competitions.
Their last defeat in the Scottish Premiership was a 1-0 loss away to Livingston in September.
Ange Postecoglou’s side are now four points behind league leaders Rangers after 13 games played.