Celtic have made themselves look idiotic with their decision not to appeal against Odsonne Edouard’s booking against Rangers on Sunday.
In the first half of the Old Firm showdown at Parkhead, Edouard went down in the penalty box after a sliding challenge by Borna Barisic.
Referee Willie Collum instantly booked the French striker for diving but despite Celtic’s protests after the game, Radio Clyde have reported the second-placed Premiership club have decided against appealing his booking.
🟨 Celtic have chosen not to appeal the yellow card given to Odsonne Edouard for simulation against Rangers on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/SVpFXRKgWG
— Clyde 1 Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) March 23, 2021
Replays show there was no contact from Barisic to bring down Edouard and even if there was, it would not have been enough for the Celtic man to crash to the deck as he did.
Speaking after the game, John Kennedy claimed it should have been a spot-kick for the Bhoys.
As quoted by the Scotsman, he said: “We were denied a penalty kick which would have had a massive say in the game.”
He added: “If you play it full speed, the player comes recklessly in, knocks you off balance and just touches you enough to go over. That is what has happened there. He knocked him over. If he doesn’t go over, he has got the ball, he scores a goal. So there is no need for him to go down.”
Celtic captain Scott Brown was adamant that it was a “stonewall” penalty after the game too. As quoted by BBC Sport, he said: “There’s contact, we saw it at half-time.”
However, Kennedy’s and Brown’s protests appear to be nothing but hollow claims now that the club has decided against appealing Edouard’s booking for simulation.
It’s absolutely hilarious that key figures at the club were so sure that Edouard was brought down by Barisic but ultimately, the club doesn’t want to try and defend the striker and wipe the ‘diver’ reputation off his record.
Rangers did it earlier this season when Alfredo Morelos was booked at Livingston despite being clearly brought down by their goalkeeper in the penalty area.
Collum got the decision spot on and it seems Celtic have come to terms with that, pretty much admitting that Edouard is a cheat.