Pundit backs rule change as Celtic victims of major injustice
Alan Hutton has insisted it was “really harsh” to award a penalty against Celtic for a handball from Matt O’Riley.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Rangers defender insisted there needs to be a change to the handball rules to account for those kinds of situations.
As shown on Sky Sports (13 November), in the second half of the game against Ross County on Saturday (12 November), O’Riley was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the Celts’ penalty area.
Referee David Munro did not initially award the spot kick but a VAR review overturned the decision and the Staggies put themselves in front as David Canola slotted past Joe Hart.
The Hoops went on to win the game 2-1.
But Hutton insisted Ange Postecoglou’s side are right to feel hard done by.
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“We are just taking it as in it does not matter if it hits your hand it is a penalty,” he told Football Insider.
“I have watched it several times and he is so unlucky. It hits off [Alexandro] Bernabei, it hits off [Callum] Johnson, it pops up and hits his arm.
“Is he in the box is he not in the box. It is so tight, everything is so close to him I think it is very harsh. I think it is really harsh for that to go against you.
“I think it is something that they have to look at again. For me, his arm is in a natural position. You have no time to react what are you really supposed to do.“