Journalist Craig Swan has talked about the controversial call involving Odsonne Edouard in the recent Old Firm derby.
This came after Swan appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the Record Celtic podcast and the panel talked about numerous issues involving the Parkhead-based outfit.
One topic of conversation was the weekend’s Old Firm derby. Swan gave his opinion about the fact that Celtic weren’t given a penalty for an apparent foul on Edouard in the first half. The journalist believes that it is impossible for us to tell whether it was a penalty or not.
Edouard was brought down by Borna Barisic in the box but the Frenchman was given a yellow card for simulation. After the game, Scott Brown said that the Hoops were denied a stonewall penalty and contact was certainly made (as per BBC Sport).
Was it right to yellow card Odsonne Edouard?
Swan was asked about this incident and he believes that if a penalty would’ve been given, it’d have been a soft call from the referee.
He claimed: “Listen, the only two people who are going to know how much contact there was, was Odsonne Edouard and Borna Barisic – that’s it. It’s impossible for us to tell, it doesn’t matter how many TV angles you look at.
“In typical form, Celtic were adamant there was [contact], Rangers were adamant there wasn’t. I would say, had it been given, it would have been soft.”
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After the game, even interim manager John Kennedy said that while there was contact from Barisic, it was minimal – but it was enough to bring Edouard down. Martin O’Neill also said that Celtic should’ve had a penalty and the same applies for ex-Celt Paul Lambert as well.
Meanwhile, Gordon Strachan said that Barisic had indeed made contact with Edouard. This suggests that the Rangers left-back had perhaps made contact with the French forward and on the basis of that, it is easy to see why Brown and Kennedy believe that Celtic should’ve had a spot-kick – though it is hardly surprising for each of these ex-favourites siding with their former club.