By Keith Hackett

23rd Aug, 2021 | 1:07pm

Hackett hits back at Stewart's assessment of Celtic controversy

Alan Power “100 per cent” deserved to be sent off for St Mirren is their 6-0 loss to Celtic, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee heaped praise on Willie Collum for his “brilliant” positioning for the incident.

Power was shown a straight red when he was deemed to have fouled David Turnbull in the 19th minute.

The Celtic midfielder had played the ball around the St Mirren captain before he was taken out.

BBC Sportscene pundit Michael Stewart claimed he could have “got away with a yellow card”.

However, Chris Iwelumo insisted Power deserved a red as he had no intentions of playing the ball.

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Asked for his assessment of the incident, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Oh dear, that is a clear red card challenge.

“It’s serious foul play. The referee is in a brilliant position to make the correct decision. Well done the referee.

“If a player comes in with both feet or one foot off the ground he’s out of control. If he’s showing the studs the ball cannot be used as an excuse. Even if he took the ball and man it’s a red card.

“The referee’s given the red card and I am 100 per cent supporting the referee.

“He’s ignored the ball and fulfilled the requirements of serious foul play.

“Sometimes the light ball goes on and that’s the reaction you get from players.”

Celtic were already beating St Mirren 1-0 before Power’s sending off.

They went on to score a further five goals to make it back-to-back 6-0 wins in the league.

In other news, Odsonne Edouard may be quitting Celtic for a £60,000-a-week move after a reported update.