By Alan Hutton

22nd Sep, 2022 | 1:17pm

Pundit issues 'worrying' Celtic claim as Stephen Welsh controversy analysed

Alan Hutton has backed referee Don Robertson’s decision not to disallow St Mirren’s goal for a potential foul on Celtic defender Stephen Welsh.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Rangers and Scotland full-back said there was little justification for Welsh to go over in the manner he did.

Ange Postecoglou’s side slipped to a 2-0 defeat at St Mirren on Sunday (18 September).

As shown by Sky Sports (19 September), Jonah Ayunga scored St Mirren’s second goal after beating Welsh to the ball inside the six-yard box.

Replays showed Ayunga had his hands on the back of Welsh, who went to ground upon the contact.

Referee Don Robertson did not deem the contact to be enough to award a foul.

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When asked by Football Insider if the officials got the decision correct, Hutton said: “It is one that may have been flagged up by VAR.

“Goals get checked and rechecked so it is the sort of incident they will definitely look at in the future.

“Personally, I don’t think it was enough for a penalty. Yes, his arms were up but it was not enough to warrant Welsh going over the way he did.

“The worrying thing is that it comes from a throw-in. This is basic football. They do not clear their lines.

“Yes, his arm is up but it is not enough to disallow the goal.

“Defensively, they missed [Cameron] Carter-Vickers. They needed somebody to go and win the ball. There was a few instances where they did not clear their lines.”

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