By Keith Hackett

17th Aug, 2021 | 6:00pm

Ex-Premier League ref slams 'dolphin-type' diver Edouard after Celtic controversy

Keith Hackett has insisted John Beaton was right to show Odsonne Edouard a yellow card for attempting to win Celtic a penalty against Hearts this weekend.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee heaped praise on Scottish officials for not allowing players to get away with simulation.

Edouard was booked after going to ground easily in the Hearts penalty area after just 20 minutes.

The Frenchman went on to open the scoring with his first goal of the season as the Hoops beat Hearts 3-2 to progress in the Scottish League Cup.

“This highlights, despite a lot of criticism they get, looking at Scottish football more closely, I’ve actually been quietly impressed with some of the refereeing,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“It’s refreshing because they haven’t got VAR so they stay away from the controversy that comes with VAR.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“They’ve always had a consistent approach in terms of acts of simulation. The criteria is laid down quite clearly and they enforce it.

“In this situation, the referee is in a good position and it’s his judgement based on what he sees on the day.

“You can still have simulation with a bit of contact. The player is going down before contact is made.

“I used to talk to scientists who deal with body mechanics. If you’re walking down the street and know you’re about to fall you put your hands out.

“The guy who is diving, delays that process right to the very end and has a dolphin-type action, up and then down rather than straight down.

“I think there are checks that can help you if you’re the referee. On this one, I’m going with the referee. If they can get these actions out of the game that would be better.”

In other news, Celtic are submitting a seven-figure bid for ace with eight league assists last season.