By Keith Hackett

13th Dec, 2021 | 12:56pm

Ex-Fifa referee tells manager to 'have a word' as 'amazing' Celtic footage analysed

Motherwell can have no complaints with the Celtic goal in their 1-0 win at Parkhead, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict on the free-kick that led to Tom Rogic scoring the only goal of the game.

Referee Euan Anderson awarded a free-kick for a challenge by Callum Slattery on Mikey Johnston just outside of the penalty area, as shown by the BBC’s Sportscene programme.

Motherwell boss Graham Alexander was shown a yellow card for his protests at the decision.

As quoted by the Daily Record after the game, Alexander claimed the decision was “extremely soft”.

David Turnbull took the free-kick which was finished smartly by Rogic for his second goal in as many Scottish Premiership games.

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Asked whether he thought the referee made the right decision, Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Yes.

“He’s leaned in. The Hearts player is in the air and he’s leaned in, that’s an easy decision.

“There’s no hesitation, that’s a free-kick. The manager needs to be having a word with his player, not the referee. It’s amazing.

“It’s another weekend where I think the Scottish referees are outgunning their English counterparts.”

Celtic have now won their last six Scottish Premiership games and have kept clean sheets in their last three games.

Despite their recent form, they remain four points behind Glasgow rivals and league leaders Rangers who are also on a run of six consecutive wins.

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