On this Day in 2019 – Kevin Clancy denied Celtic two penalties

Two years ago on this day, Celtic played Hibs at Easter Road during Neil Lennon’s first full season in charge of the Hoops since repacking Brendan Rodgers earlier that year. It would not turn out to be a wholly fruitful afternoon in Leith though, as Celtic were denied two clear penalties by referee, Kevin Clancy.

Celtic were undone by a Kris Ajer own goal early in the game, with Fraser Forster uncharacteristically beaten by the deflection at his near post.

However, Celtic would strike back relatively quickly, after an excellent Moritz Bauer cross found Ryan Christie – with the Highlander finding the top corner with a sensational header to level things up.

In what was a tempestuous affair in Edinburgh, the Hibs manager would br sent to the stand by Kevin Clancy. This was reflected on the park with several bookings being handed out during the duration of the game at Easter Road.

Celtic were hard done by though, after Clancy waved away two obvious penalty claims from Ryan Christie and Moritz Bauer. Christie’s was softer than the Austrian’s, but was still a foul in most referees handbook. Clancy would incur the rath of the very vociferous Celtic support, who could not believe their eyes after both claims were denied.

For most of the match the Bhoys put Hibernian under sustained pressure, but could not penetrate the Hibs’ goal again.

A hard fought match between two sides eager to win. In the end though, Celtic were aggrieved at the terrible officiating from Clancy and rightly so. It’s very rare that “honest mistakes” happen twice in the same game, but this was no ordinary occasion in Leith.

Watch the match highlights below…

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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