45 years-old Scottish former football referee gives speaks up his on opinion on Celtic Fc two penalty calls during Hibernian vs Celtic Match clash (1-2) - soocer442
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45 years-old Scottish former football referee gives speaks up his on opinion on Celtic Fc two penalty calls during Hibernian vs Celtic Match clash (1-2)

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Yesterday, Celtic beat Hibernian with the help of two penalties. They now have a three-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

Adam Idah was supposed to save the penalty kick from 12 yards out, and he did so. This helped Brendan Rodgers win at Easter Road for the first time in his coaching career.

Still, some people have said that Nick Walsh shouldn’t have given either penalty kick, even though both of them looked like they should have been given.

Alistair Johnston had to be taken off because he hit his head in an aerial fight with Nectarios Triantis. The 25-year-old had to go to the hospital for more care.

People have different thoughts about football, but that shouldn’t change the fact that Celtic did what they needed to do in Leith, even if they had a lucky game.

Nick Montgomery, the boss of Hibernian, has said that he thinks the Bhoys shouldn’t have been given either choice. He also believed that Alexandro Bernabei got in the way of Martin Boyle in the box.

Bobby Madden thinks the decisions about Celtic’s penalties were right.

45 years-old Scottish former football referee gives speaks up his on opinion on Celtic Fc two penalty calls during Hibernian vs Celtic Match clash (1-2)

There is a former SPFL judge named Bobby Madden who has weighed in on the latest penalty debate and is well known to many Celtic fans.

Even though Montgomery complained, the 45-year-old is sure that Walsh was right to give both decisions against Hibernian.

On the first call, Madden said [via Football Scotland]: “On-field decision penalty.” This is a clear fine. A player making a play on the ball with their foot is guilty of a foul if they carelessly kick your foot.

“It’s not different because it’s your head. The attacker hit the ball late, so it was a foul and a penalty. This would be given in every league in the world, and if the judge didn’t do it, VAR would step in.

Afterwards, he said about the second choice: “On-field decision play on, VAR recommends on-field review and penalty!” Just like the last time, the attacker plays the ball (it doesn’t matter that his shot went wide), and the defender makes late, careless impact.

“There is no other choice than an on-field review and penalty kick if there is clear evidence.”

It’s okay for people to have different opinions about choices, but what happened at Easter Road can’t be changed, for better or worse.

Celts fans will be glad that Idah kept his cool both times, but now all attention will be on their away game in the Scottish Cup against St. Mirren.

Rodgers is still in the running to bring a domestic double to Parkhead. It will be interesting to see if he can make it happen.

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