Alan Hutton: Celtic should have had second penalty in 2-0 defeat v Rangers
Alan Hutton has claimed that Celtic should have had another penalty in their 2-0 defeat against Rangers on Sunday afternoon.
Filip Helander appeared to pull Steven Welsh down in the opening 45 minutes when the goal was gaping, although there weren’t many appeals from the away side.
Hutton insisted that with VAR elsewhere in football, that decision could easily have been given if Bobby Madden was given a second look.
Speaking on BBC Sportscene during the highlights show on Sunday, Hutton admitted that Helander was lucky to get away with one.
“I think yes, possibly,” he said.
“If we’re talking about VAR and stuff, he does grab him and affect him, I think. But as a defender, you need to get tight, it is a contact sport.
“You need to let him know he’s there, but he definitely does have a little tug at him.”
This was probably more of a penalty than the one that was actually given by Madden.
Leigh Griffiths threw himself to the floor after slight contact with Joe Aribo, although Steven Gerrard admitted after the game that it was nowhere near the correct decision.
Having said that, Welsh didn’t make a meal of the challenge and that probably saved the Bears in the end.
If we’re being bias towards the Gers, it was never a penalty, but looking at the replays, Helander needs to be more careful in the future; especially in these huge games.
Thankfully, it wasn’t spotted and we can all forget about this and remember yet another memorable Old Firm victory.