Rodgers delivers verdict on major Celtic incident v Hamilton
By Dominic Toner
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes that referee Willie Collum made a “poor decision” when he sent off Callum McGregor against Hamilton.
The 23-year-old midfielder was shown a second yellow card at the beginning of the second-half for a high challenge on opponent Scott McMann, although the contact seemed minimal.
The Bhoys were leading 1-0 at that points thanks to a Leigh Griffiths opener and managed to kick on with 10 men to secure an away victory.
A long-range Stuart Armstrong strike and a Moussa Dembele finish secured a comfortable 3-0 win.
Celtic remain 14 points ahead of second-placed Rangers in the league table, but Rodgers was angry with the sending off.
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“We should have had 11 players on the pitch as it was never a sending off. It was a really poor decision,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
BR: "We should have had 11 players on the pitch as it was never a sending off. It was a really poor decision." (MH)
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) December 24, 2016
McGregor picked up an assist before his dismissal and Celtic will now miss him for their clash against Ross County on Wednesday.
Rodgers will be confident that he has enough in his squad to cover McGregor’s absence and will be hoping to extend the club’s lead at the top.
The reigning champions have been in sensational form in the league this season, winning 17 and drawing once in their 18 matches.
Celtic were unfortunately eliminated from Europe after finishing bottom of their Champions League group with Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach, but can now put their attention on the league.
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