Odsonne Edouard dived and Willie Collum was right not to give Celtic a penalty in Sunday’s Old Firm clash with Rangers, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League and FIFA referee hailed Colum and the officials in Scotland for their willingness to penalise diving.
In the first half, Rangers left-back Borna Barisic went to ground while attempting to win the ball from Edouard in the visitor’s penalty box.
The Frenchman was anticipating contact that did not come and fell to the ground instead of taking a shot from seven yards out.
After the game, interim Celtic manager John Kennedy insisted his side were robbed of a penalty.
He added: “I’ve seen it again, I spoke to Odsonne on it as well, and as much as people say there’s little contact there, the player comes in recklessly.”
However, Hackett disagrees with Kennedy and praised Collum for his display.
He also made the intriguing claim that Collum and his fellow Scottish refs are more on top of diving than officials south of the border.
He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I thought the referee was in the right position and had a good view of it.
“Probably at the end of the day, you’re going to support him because of that.
“I think that he’s making a judgement, he’s seen the pace of the players. It looked like a dive to me and I think he was right, the referee, in what he did.
“I do think that Scottish referees are more alert in taking the appropriate action to sanction players without hesitation who is attempting to deceive them.”
At the time of the incident, Celtic were leading 1-0 but were pegged back to 1-1 before half-time.
The game finished a draw as Rangers maintained their 20-point lead over the Hoops.