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‘Definitely a penalty’ ‘VAR room dismissed it within seconds’ ‘He’s hooked his foot,stonewaller’ Celtic fans react to Muir & Robertson dual call

Many Celtic fans are so conditioned to the way that the SFA do business that they felt their side didn’t ‘deserve’ a late penalty in the League Cup defeat at Kilmarnock.

When a rival club can go 56 matches without having a SPFL penalty awarded against them and when a former player admits that he expected a referee to even up a penalty call it is easy to become conditioned to the unusual.

No matter how good or bad a team is playing the Laws of the Game remain the same, from the kick-off to the final whistle. Deserved doesn’t feature in the Laws.

Club positions, finances and other mitigating factors don’t come into it, if you are kicked in the penalty area the decision is the award of a penalty. Even if Sead Haksabanovic had dived five minutes earlier the Laws remain unaltered.

During his time at Ibrox Ryan Kent mastered the skill of running into an opponent or throwing his leg out to find contact knowing that the ball would soon be in the possession of James Tavernier.

Very late on in today’s match Haksabanovic drove deep into the Kilmarnock penalty box, heading for the bye-line. A panicked defender tackled from the goalside to knock his opponent over.

Alan Muir had a good view of it, according to the Viaplay Sports commentary team a VAR review was carried out within 30 seconds without a break in play.

Don Robertson should have had at least four cameras to check, perhaps he had already decided before he carried out his whirlwind check of the incident?

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