Brendan Rodgers Disappointed Refereeing Decisions against Rangers
Celtic dropped points in the league for the first time since September after being involved in a 1-1 draw with Rangers.
The previous time Celtic were unable to get three points from a league game was during the 2-2 draw with Inverness. Manager Brendan Rodgers was aggrieved with several refereeing decisions that went against his team, despite being at home. Celtic took the lead in the 35th minute through Stuart Armstrong. The match was heading into the last 10 minutes with this goal separating both teams. However, they were unable to see the game out, as Clint Hill came up with an equaliser with three minutes of normal time remaining.
Rodgers felt that his team should have been given a clear cut penalty earlier in the game. The result does not damage Celtic’s title chances – it only merely postpones the date of their victory. The club have a 25-point advantage over Aberdeen. It is widely expected that Celtic would be winning the league title in the next couple of games.
Leigh Griffiths may have been overshadowed by the goalscoring exploits of Moussa Dembele, but he deserved a clear cut penalty deep into injury time after being pulled down by Clint Hill, according to Rodgers. Rangers put up a decent fight in the game after the appointment of Graeme Murty as the interim manager.
"It's very disappointing that with four officials they don't see that. It looked a clear penalty. Clint Hill said on the pitch to me afterwards that he got away with that. Clint's a good guy, an honest fellow.On a difficult pitch I felt we weren't as fluent as usual in the first half.I thought we took the easy option on the ball. We were passing backwards and sideways instead of forwards. We will just re-focus again. We are a strong team and we will take that into the next games,” said Rodgers.