Date: 14th December 2020 at 6:20pm
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Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has claimed that Celtic should have been awarded a penalty against Kilmarnock.

On Sunday, the Hoops hosted Alex Dyer’s Killie at Celtic Park and claimed a 2-0 victory (per Sky Sports).

On the scoresheet for Neil Lennon’s side was Mohamed Elyounoussi and Shane Duffy, however, the win could have been more convincing for the Bhoys.

Celtic could have been awarded a penalty in the match during an incident where Odsonne Edouard headed the ball against the outreached hand of a Kilmarnock defender, but the referee was unmoved (via Video Celts).

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Speaking exclusively to This is Futbol about the incident, Halsey said: “I have to say, his arms are in an unnatural position.

“You don’t jump in the air with your arms up like that. It’s different if you’re a goalkeeper coming out to collect the ball, but he’s made himself bigger, his arms are way above his shoulder.

“I think he knows what he’s doing and I was surprised. For me, that’s a deliberate act.

“His arms are up – if his arms aren’t there, where does the ball go? So, I was surprised that a penalty wasn’t given for a deliberate handball.”

Should Celitc have been awarded a penalty against Kilmarnock?

No, would've been soft

No, would've been soft

Yes, they should have

Yes, they should have

Despite not being awarded the penalty, the Hoops made no mistake in cruising to a 2-0 victory at Parkhead.

The victory against Killie means that the Bhoys are now unbeaten in their previous five fixtures in the Scottish Premiership (per Transfermarkt).

However, Lennon’s side has only won two of those previous five matches, having drawn the other three.

After winning 10, drawing four and losing one of their opening 15 league matches, Celtic are currently trailing Old Firm rivals Rangers at the summit of the table (per BBC).

Despite having two games in hand, Lennon’s side is still a whopping 13 points behind Steven Gerrard’s outfit.