John Hartson delivers verdict on Celtic red card in win against Rangers
Former Celtic striker John Hartson has disagreed with the decision made by referee Willie Collum to send-off Hoops defender Jozo Simunovic in the Old Firm clash at Ibrox.
The Bosnian was dismissed in the 57th minute for an elbow on Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, after the incident was spotted by assistant referee Douglas Ross.
The red card didn’t stop the Hoops from winning the match though, with substitute Odsonne Edouard scoring the goal that clinched a 3-2 win for the Bhoys almost ten minutes later.
Hartson took to his personal Twitter page to give his verdict on the sending-off.
“Not a red card…but Simunovic doesn’t need to give Collum the chance to send him off…officials poor today,” the former Welsh international said.
Not a red card .. but Simunovic doesn’t need to give Collum the chance to send him off.. officials poor today.
— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) March 11, 2018
The Bosnian will now be suspended for the Bhoys’ next league match, a visit to Motherwell next Sunday.
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Hartson might be correct to blame Simunovic for giving Collum the opportunity to send him off, but really the Bosnian should know much better than to make such a silly challenge. It was a very stupid thing to do and he is fortunate that his team-mates bailed him out or he would have been subject to plenty of criticism from supporters. It hasn’t been the best season for the centre-back, and today was just another example of that. It wouldn’t be that much of a shock if despite signing a new contract earlier in the season, Brendan Rodgers decided to cut his losses on the player and put him up for transfer.
In other Celtic news, fans hammered Dedryck Boyata for his performance against Rangers