Celtic’s goal against Rangers should not have stood on Sunday afternoon, according to Kris Boyd.
The Hoops cancelled out Ryan Kent’s wonderfully taken opener with a a strike that clearly deflected off Odsonne Edouard’s hand, wrong footing Allan McGregor and finding its way into the back of the net.
Thankfully, Nikola Katic was on hand to head home an emphatic winner, but Boyd was still suitably unimpressed by the performance of referee Kevin Clancy.
Speaking at half time during Sky Sports’ coverage of the match, the pundit said: “It should not have been a goal. Once again Rangers have been done by a referee’s decision.
“Kevin Clancy got it wrong. We keep going on about big decision and once again Rangers have found themselves on the end of the wrong decision. There’s no way that goal should stand.
“Once again Rangers have been undone by a shocking refereeing decision.”
You can completely understand Boyd’s indignation.
Granted, the ball was struck at quite a pace, but it quite clearly struck the Frenchman’s hand.
You can argue that it wasn’t deliberate perhaps, but when it leads directly to a goal like it did at Parkhead then it has to be ruled out, plain and simple.
If we had VAR in Scotland like they do in England then there is no doubt it would have been disallowed, and had it led to the Gers dropping points it would have been a tough one to swallow.
This is not the first time that Mr. Clancy has put in a fairly questionable performance in an Old Firm derby, and you would hope that after today’s the relevant governing bodies see fit to give somebody else a chance next time.