By Keith Hackett

21st Sep, 2022 | 7:00am

Ex-Premier League referee lambasts Celtic as controversial Stephen Welsh footage emerges

Celtic can have no complaints with St Mirren’s second goal in their 2-0 win on Sunday (18 September), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Stephen Welsh had not been fouled and Jonah Ayunga was not offside as the ball was not played forwards to him.

As shown on the BBC’s Sportscene programme, Ayunga scored in the 58th minute after heading from close range after a knockdown from Curtis Main.

Analysis on the programme highlighted the tussle he had with Welsh before he found the back of the net.

Lines were also drawn that showed Ayunga was beyond Main when the ball was played across the six-yard box.

“It’s scrappy,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“I think it’s six of one, half a dozen of the other. I think they are clutching at straws here.

“When you draw a line, you can draw a line anywhere.

“Give the goal. Ultimately, at the end of the day, it’s easy to rule goals out. I take the opposite view, why not allow that goal?

“I do think that the ball does go backwards, you can see it.

“VAR will sort all these out. I would not want that goal disallowed. So, for me, I’m giving the goal.”

Celtic’s defeat against St Mirren was their first in the league for almost a year.

They go into the international break still top of the Scottish Premiership with Rangers two points behind in second.

In other news, Frank McAvennie has lambasted “stupid” Celtic fans after the BBC’s investigation update.