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‘The penalty scandal in Scottish football’ ‘You punched the ball you balloon’ ‘deludamol has been handed out to players too’ Dessers in shock over Ibrox penalty

Two matches into his Ibrox career and Cyriel Dessers believes that he is immune from penalty decisions.

The former Cremonese striker is half right but has yet to discover the special interpretations of Scottish referees.

Last night, prompted by a competent VAR official, Servette were awarded a penalty at Ibrox, they scored and the complex of their Champions League tie was instantly changed. Next week in Switzerland there will be another neutral referee with a VAR official that isn’t trained in Goldson’s Law.

Last season in Italy and now at Ibrox on European nights Dessers will know that if he wants to run into his own penalty box, lift his hands and strike the ball a penalty will be awarded. It happens to every team in football.

Clearly the ยฃ4m striker has been confused by watching highlights of last season’s SPFL matches in which the Ibrox club survived 38 matches without having a penalty awarded against them.

Had Dessers watched their European matches he’d have noticed four penalties being awarded in 10 matches with the same Laws of the game applied.

Last night’s incident and Dessers reaction sums up the way Scottish football has tied itself in knots to try and provide a challenge to Celtic.

Following the World Cup break there could easily have been half a dozen penalties awarded against Connor Goldson over a three month spell.

Realising what he can get away with domestically the former Shrewsbury starlet knows that he can run towards the ball with his arms in all sorts of unnatural positions without any chance of a penalty being awarded for hand-ball.

Against Celtic in January he moved towards Carl Starfelt with both hands stretched out towards the ball to take the sting off the shot from the Celtic defender. John Beaton let it go, his team was leading 2-1 at the time with Willie Collum providing a token review before play continued.

Immediately after the match there was very little coverage of the incident, traditional media looked the other way but the internet bampots were on it to such an extent that Ange Postecoglou brought it up at a media conference a few days later.

Those in attendance were stunned that the Celtic manager had gone off topic, they had nothing to throw back at Postecoglou.

On Saturday Don Robertson will referee Livingston’s match at Ibrox knowing that it is 56 matches since Kevin Clancy awarded a penalty against Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side as they drew 1-1 at Pittodrie.

Apparently these decisions even themselves out over the course of a season- except for viewers in Scotland.


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