On This Day: Awful decisions from Bobby Madden results in draw at Paisley

On This Day in 2013, Celtic travelled to face St Mirren in Paisley with the league leaders looking to take a step towards the title. Neil Lennon named a strong side and they were rewarded with an early goal thanks to Kris Commons. There were chances at each end in a frantic but tense affair that rushed from end to end.

However, Bobby Madden became the centre of the show after a couple of poor decisions helped determine the result. Shortly after the interval, the ball broke loose in midfield and Paul McGowan nipped in ahead of Wanyama and the Kenyan caught him late with a half hearted tackle as he attempted to withdraw. It was arguably a booking, yet Madden reached for his red card and sent the number 67 off.

Shortly after, however, Madden’s second mistake was missing a blatant foul on Anthony Stokes, which was then turned into a penalty to St Mirren after Goncalves was adjudged to have been fouled. The footage would show no contact but Madden was convinced. Paul McGowan dispatched the ball from the spot to level the game.

Speaking to Open Goal, Madden admitted that this was the worst game of footballing he has officiated.

“The last time that I was in League One was in 2013 after a shocker of a performance I went to Arbroath and Albion Rovers.

“I had a shocker at St Mirren against Celtic, my worst game ever. But I turned up and I remember one of the Rovers coaches saying ‘Bobby, it’s not often that you are down here’. I said ‘Did you not see what happened last week’ he said ‘No’ I said ‘I had a shocker’

“He said ‘Of course I saw it’ and the whole dressing room is up laughing. I thought that I had got away with it, somebody in Scotland hadn’t seen it.”

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