By Frank McAvennie

5th Nov, 2021 | 5:00pm

McAvennie: Postecoglou is telling fibs to protect 'worst I've ever seen' at Celtic

Frank McAvennie claims Ange Postecoglou has been telling fibs to the press to cover his Celtic players’ backs.

The former Hoops hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, revealed his disappointment with developments last weekend.

In the final moments of Celtic’s 0-0 draw with Livingston, Georgios Giakoumakis stepped up and missed a penalty that would have won the game.

Josip Juranovic, who has scored his last two penalties for Celtic, was on the pitch when the penalty was awarded, leading Postecoglou to explain what happened after the game.

As quoted by The Herald (30 October), Postecoglou claims he made the decision to put Giakoumakis on penalties “a couple of games ago”.

McAvennie insists this isn’t true and claims club captain Callum McGregor should have overruled Giakoumakis.

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“The fans were not happy,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“That goal would have given us three points we really didn’t deserve.

“The manager has backed the player and he’s sort of taken the blame for that.

“I don’t think that’s true. I think Giakoumakis wanted that penalty. McGregor should have stepped in and said no.

“That penalty was one of the worst I’ve ever seen, certainly for Celtic. I don’t want him on pens again.

“If you are taking a penalty in the 93rd minute, you have to give yourself a chance.

“Just put your foot through it. The keeper could have gone the wrong way and still saved it.

“Who side-foots a penalty?”

Celtic are next in action against Dundee on Sunday.

They remain four points behind Rangers, who sit top of the Premiership.

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