Keith Hackett has rejected Scott Brown’s claim that Jonjoe Kenny was fouled when he put the ball out for a corner which led to Rangers’ equaliser against Celtic.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former FIFA and Premier League referee suggested Celtic should have defended the corner properly when Kenny failed to mark Alfredo Morelos before he headed in at the back post.
Brown told Sky Sports after the game that his side were unlucky to not come away with the three points as Kenny was fouled by Kent before he hit the ball out for the corner.
Kenny seemed to be in control of the ball 40-yards away from goal before booting it behind for a corner.
Borna Barisic whipped in the resulting corner which Leon Balogun met with a header that was turned in by Morelos at the back post.
It was the Colombian’s first goal against Celtic in his 15th attempt and meant they continued their unbeaten league campaign.
Asked for his assessment of Brown’s comments, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I don’t know, I hesitate because the angle’s not clear.
“In situations, it’s easy to make a call but I’m with the referee, really. I support the referee.
“What the player should be looking at is ‘Why didn’t we defend the corner?’”
Speaking after the game manager John Kennedy insisted his side will continue to work on defending set-pieces.
He said: “We will never stop until we fix it. Even when we fix it we will continue with that.”