Brendan Rodgers critical of Rangers penalty but praises Celtic players

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was critical of the decision by John Beaton to award Rangers a second half penalty, which the Irishman said changed the momentum in the fixture. Celtic were 2-0 up when Fabio Silva appeared to dive in the box with the referee flashing a yellow card.

The manager, who recently served a one match ban for comments about Beaton, was coy as he analysed the decision to award the decision. However, he said he thought it was a mistake.

Replays showed Alistair Johnston had touched the ball before the winger threw himself to the ground after contact, which Beaton gave after an on-field VAR review. James Tavernier converted the spot kick and Rangers went into the ascendency, probing for an equaliser that they got after 86 minutes.

Celtic responded quickly through Adam Idah before Rabbi Matondo equalised in injury time. The manager will be disappointed that his team conceded twice late on to let Rangers take something from the game; however, as the manager points out, the result means that the title remains in Celtic’s hands and Rodgers’ side will need to win six games on the bounce to secure their third successive title. The Celtic manager will be pleased that the team, who had a partially fit Callum McGregor and Reo Hatate, came away from the game avoiding defeat.

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  1. Raymond Duffy on

    Kuhn should been hooked earlier, he was like a rabbit in the headlights. OK against most Scottish teams, but no bottle for games like this, or in Europe. McGregor should never have gone on, he was way off the pace. Again, weak at the back, with Scales lack of pace and Taylor’s lack of defensive skills.

  2. Rob O’Keeffe on

    Yeah agree Raymond.First half,really,really good.Second half? Dodgy defending although wind was a contributory factor.Players seemed to run out of puff and invited pressure on themselves.Overall? We threw it away,they should’ve been buried(like the original club) by half time.Brendan looked happy enough at the end….

    • Raymond Duffy on

      I had to laugh at the manager claiming a ‘victory’ and celebrating a home draw
      Sadly, more trouble from the morons, throwing missiles at our staff. Surely it’s past the time when ‘they’ should be severely punished – yeah, that’ll happen.

  3. A mistake by Calmac,another scandalous penalty award and a great save by Rangers keeper determined the result.
    Hail Hail.