Halsey was recently exclusively talking to This Is Futbol and the main talking points came from the multiple fixtures in the Premier League and in the Scottish Premiership. One topic of discussion was Celtic’s recent 2-1 win over Motherwell, as Stephen Welsh and Odsonne Edouard grabbed a goal each for the Bhoys.
Halsey was asked about whether an attempt on goal from Motherwell had actually gone over the line or not, as Harry Smith had nearly put the ball over the line but it was cleared on the line by the Hoops.
Did Celtic deserve to win against Motherwell?
The former Premier League referee said: “I was watching it, I watched it a few times and you can’t tell. You have to be parallel with the goal line to see that and even then, that will be difficult. Because you’ve got the posts in the way, you’ve got the players in the way. So until Scottish football find some money and start investing in technology, you’re always going to get these decisions. Was it, wasn’t it? For me, you cannot tell. So the officials cannot give that as a goal.”
In the game involving the two sides, Celtic had registered a rating of 6.90 and Motherwell had picked up a decent rating of 6.54 too. While Celtic had nine shots on target, Motherwell had five of them too and that isn’t a bad number at all (as per Whoscored).
That might be a reflection of the fact that while Celtic did win the game, Motherwell didn’t have a poor game by any means.
Having said that, Neil Lennon’s men got all three points from the outing irrespective of how close Motherwell might have come. And since the result came around the same time as Rangers’ draw against Hamilton, it did help the Hoops cut short the gap between themselves and the Gers.