Tynecastle Fallout Continues For Celtic | Yang And Rodgers In The Dock

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Sometimes it’s easy to blame others on occasions when things don’t go your way.

But generally speaking, excuse culture isn’t a good look.

However, following events at Tynecastle on Sunday it would seem clear to most football fans – not just those of a Celtic persuasion – that Celtic most definitely got the rough end of the refereeing stick in the 2-0 defeat by Hearts.

I’ll start by accepting that our early penalty award – which Adam Idah subsequently missed – did fall into the “soft” category.

That said, it’s either a penalty or it isn’t. So whether soft or not, a penalty’s a penalty.

Or is it? More on that later!

SEEING RED

Yang Is Given a Red Card By Don Robertson Following A VAR Review
Yang Is Given a Red Card By Don Robertson Following A VAR Review

Almost immediately after the penalty miss Yang then picks up a VAR inspired red card for a high boot.

On-field ref Don Robertson initially looked to have it all in control and dished out a yellow card to the South Korean for the offence.

His senior colleague John Beaton however had other ideas and Yang’s afternoon was over after just 16 minutes.

Celtic are at Hampden Park this afternoon (Tuesday) having appealed that decision and we await with baited breath as to just how the powers that be are going to deem the incident as “serious foul play”.

PENALTY PUZZLER

The biggest concern at Tynecastle however must be the penalty that was awarded to Hearts just before half time for a hand ball incident involving Tomoki Iwata.

Not one player on that park – even in hope – appealed for a penalty.

It seems only one person in the stadium saw otherwise.

How can a ball falling out of the sky and hitting a players elbow, when he’s looking in the opposite direction (!) possibly be given as a spot-kick?

Especially when there’s evidence of a range of similar incidents from this season alone resulting in no such thing.

If Steven Naismith, Laurence Shankland and even our old pal Kris Boyd are saying it’s not a penalty against Celtic then that’s all the validation required to confirm just how ridiculous a call it was from the VAR team.

Brendan Rodgers was understandably incensed following the final whistle and a trip to Hampden now awaits with the SFA set to take action against the manager for his comments.

Of course there’s certain things in the game that Celtic could have done better – namely Idah’s penalty attempt – but that shouldn’t cloud anyone’s judgement over a couple of huge calls which had a massive bearing on Hearts picking up the win.

Despite all of the above Celtic ultimately came away from the game in an almost identical situation to where they were ahead of the weekend fixtures.

With nine games remaining, including two against Rangers, Brendan Rodgers and his side are fully in control of their own destiny and must now put events in the capital behind them before refocusing for the next challenge.

Whether they’ll have Yang and the manager in attendance over the next couple of games remains to be seen.

In the meantime all Celtic can do is to continue to write their own story, and that will be the message at Lennoxtown this week and beyond.

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4 thoughts on “Tynecastle Fallout Continues For Celtic | Yang And Rodgers In The Dock”

  1. Celtic should not have to pay the price ,for one man,s incompitance and gets away it all the time Var in my opinion is pure rubbish .it is not fair play when you have people like Beaton and Dallas its shocking

  2. If players and manager disagree with a penalty award given to them then they should protest by deliberately missing the penalty.

  3. The refs in Scotland are trying to make certain clubs win the league if they can’t do the job then sack them

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