Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has said that Willie Collum was right to book Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard for diving in the Old Firm clash v Rangers on Sunday.
Rangers came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 but Celtic wanted a penalty with the score still at 1-0.
Edouard went to ground under a challenge from Borna Barisic but Collum was adamant that he’d dived and gave him a yellow card.
Celtic interim manager John Kennedy believed it was a stonewall penalty
Gallagher – one of the most experienced Premier League referees of all time – disagrees and said Collum was right to give Edouard a yellow.
Talking on Ref Watch on The Football Show on Monday morning (Sky Sports, 11am) Gallagher said, “If the referee isn’t giving a penalty he has to book the player for diving and he felt there was minimal contact.
“This angle it’s difficult to tell but the referee has the best view, he’s looking at the player.
“That’s the referee’s view and this [new angle] shows the knees buckling if you like which wouldn’t say it was a trip.
“I think, in defence of Edouard, he sees the contact coming and he anticipates it but the defender pulls out.
“It’s not a penalty and when you see that angle he has to yellow card him.”
Kennedy has to back his man but this was a pretty blatant dive when you look at it from all the different angles.
When you’ve got someone as pro-Celtic as Chris Sutton saying it, you know you’re fighting a losing battle.
Overall, a draw in the clash on Sunday was probably a fair result, but that reflects much better on Rangers than it does on Celtic.
We had to lift ourselves after a Thursday Europa League night that would have deflated all but the strongest players.
Celtic, meanwhile, were battling for some sort of pride after a terrible season.
Sutton said he’d be happy with a draw before the game and that’s what he got.
And settling for a draw in an Old Firm clash shows how far Celtic have fallen.