Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has been sharing his thoughts on the yellow card that Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard picked up for simulation during their recent 1-1 draw with Rangers.
An opening goal from Mohamed Elyounoussi was not enough to secure the win for the Hoops after Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos managed to score an equaliser before the half time interval.
Shortly after John Kennedy’s side took the lead, Edouard tried to win a penalty but was ultimately booked for diving by the referee and the penalty was not given.
Speaking exclusively to This Is Futbol, Halsey was asked what his thoughts about the incident were.
In response, Halsey had this to say on the matter.
He said: “One half of the city will be saying it’s a penalty and the other half will be saying it’s not a penalty.
“But what I will say is if you go to ground in that manner, you do run the risk. I mean looking at the still picture it looks like there could be contact.”
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The match ended with both sides taking a point each, resulting in Rangers’ lead in the SPFL table stretching to 20 points.
Despite Celtic being denied a penalty, the overall result will have been a fairly disappointing one for both sides given the massive rivalry between the two clubs.
Moving forward, Celtic, in particular, will have to put this decision to yellow card Edouard, the overall game and pretty much the entire season behind them as quickly as possible so they can start focusing on securing the SPFL title next season after falling behind Steven Gerrard’s side in this campaign.