Ref Watch: Should Kilmarnock have had penalty against Celtic?


Dermot Gallagher dissects the big refereeing flashpoints from the weekend’s Scottish Premiership and League Cup action.

Celtic 2-0 Kilmarnock

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Kilmarnock manager Derek McInnes was unhappy after their late penalty claim was turned down in their Viaplay Cup semi-final defeat to Celtic

INCIDENT: Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis bundled over Joe Wright in their League Cup semi-final.

VERDICT: Penalty

DERMOT SAYS: The clue here for me is the ball. Where is the ball? There is no ball in the picture when the contact is made. Giorgos Giakoumakis has taken a big risk and he’s got lucky.

Rangers 2-1 Aberdeen

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 15: Aberdeen's Anthony Stewart is shown straight red card for a foul on Rangers' Fashion Sakala during a Viaplay Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Hampden Park, on January 15, 2023, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)
Image: Aberdeen’s Anthony Stewart was is shown a straight red card for a foul on Rangers’ Fashion Sakala

INCIDENT: Aberdeen captain Anthony Stewart sent off for a challenge on Fashion Sakala.

VERDICT: Red card

DERMOT SAYS: It’s the sheer intensity and the aggression of the tackle. If you see it from another angle, he absolutely wallops him. I don’t think there can be any complaints. I watched this game, and I did see that he told the referee that he got the ball. He didn’t get the ball but even if he had, it would have just been an added bonus.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 15: Rangers' Ryan Kent during a Viaplay Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Hampden Park, on January 15, 2023, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group)
Image: Ryan Kent was involved in an off-the-ball incident with Liam Scales

INCIDENT: Aberdeen’s Liam Scales went down following an off-the-ball clash with Rangers winger Ryan Kent.

VERDICT: Yellow card

DERMOT SAYS: This is a tough one for the referee because it is behind his back. The VAR looks at it, but I don’t think Kent swipes like Liam suggests he does. He flicks out at him, but it is not a punch. If the referee would have seen it I think he’d have given a yellow card, but I don’t think he’d have given a red card.

Hearts 1-0 St Mirren

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Highlights from the Scottish Premiership match between Hearts and St Mirren

INCIDENT: St Mirren denied a late penalty when Scott Tanser’s cross hit Hearts defender Kye Rowles’ arm in the box

VERDICT: Penalty

DERMOT SAYS: He’s really lucky because we’ve seen when you put your arm out like that, we’ve seen it week after week, it gets punished. Whether they didn’t have an angle to say whether it actually hit his arm, I don’t know, but looking at the replays you’d say the player was lucky.

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