Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has came to the defence of Scott Sinclair.
The Hoops winger was at the centre of a storm of controversy during Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final against Motherwell.
Cedric Kipre’s challenge on Sinclair saw the Motherwell player sent-off and Celtic awarded a penalty, with Motherwell’s players and management furious about the decision, and accusing Sinclair of penalty.
However, Rodgers has told The Scottish Sun that referee Craig Thompson got the call correct, and that Sinclair didn’t dive.
The Celtic boss said: “Scott’s not a diver. We probably get less penalties than I would expect us to do for the number of times we arrive in the box.
“Scott’s so fast and the boy’s intent was to pull him back. So even if he doesn’t go down, he pulls him and it’s a penalty,” he continued.
“There was contact. I think Scott was clever, there’s no doubt. But I’ve seen it again, it’s a definite penalty.”
Sinclair will no doubt be the centre of attention tomorrow night, when Celtic face Motherwell again, this time in a league match at Fir Park.
The teams complete their trilogy of matches at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon, where Sinclair will get a far warmer reception then he will tomorrow night.
In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton named four Bhoys in his team of the week