Celtic’s penalty was so soft he needed Viagra and Rangers are the real victims of the penalty shootout – Hotline – Sports Hotline

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Ho Ho Ho .. and we hope you all are enjoying a fantastic festive time as Scottish football begins the countdown to the last derby cracker.

It may be the season of goodwill, but the first Hotline since Christmas was sorely lacking in kindness towards the referees.

Hamilton boss Brian Rice reckons Don Robertson was handing out gifts to Celtic after awarding the Hoops a penalty on Boxing Day to open the scoring in a 3-0 win.

The appellants agreed. But Willie Collum has also been dubbed a turkey for failing to award Hibs a penalty in their 1-0 loss to Rangers at Ibrox.

Prejudice and arbitration plots? You would never guess that the next Rangers v Celtic clash was just a matter of days.

John Bruce e-mail: “After having to count on two missed shots on goal to win the Betfred Cup, Celtic once again had to rely on the penalty spot, for a soft kick, to boost morale in the last fight of the team. Scoring just three goals in the second half against a poor Hamilton B team. The Rangers beat Hibs 1-0, by far the best team they’ve played in the league this season, to maintain their 16-point lead.

“Nothing we’ve seen from Celtic this season suggests they can close that gap and stop 55, as time is running out for their next big fight – Saturday’s Old Firm game.”

Gerry Milligan, Erskine, said: “Edouard’s penalty is disconcerting. He had already delivered the ball and three seconds later the defender connected how is that a penalty? Also, David Turnbull should have been featured two months ago and maybe Celtic’s predicament would have been less onerous. ”



Chris Lowe, Yoker, added: “Celtic’s penalty was so soft she needed Viagra. Don Robertson is making it clear that he is Kevin Clancy’s apprentice with all of these favorable decisions for Celtic so far in his short career.

But taking the opposite side, Tommy McBride, Govanhill, said, “Aren’t the referees awarding penalties to the Rangers?” That’s three stonewallers this season. Hibs on Saturdays and Motherwell and St Mirren. Is it any wonder they have so many clean sheets? ”

Steve MacLeod, Wokingham, replied, “I’m sure there will be the usual hysteria over the possible penalty from Hibs to Ibrox, so here are a few more points. Rangers should have had a penalty in the game and Celtic have had a higher percentage of their goals this season on the spot than Rangers. You would never know!

On football itself and Bluenose Alan McGaw, Alloa, was happy with his team’s show against Hibs. He said: “It was a tough game, but these are the three points that count in our quest to win the league. Hopefully the Rangers will have learned from what happened at the start of the year.

Corn Jack Armstrong, Bathgate, had a message for Alfie Mullins, a regular at the Hotline: “Alfie said the Celtic trophy cabinet will be empty in 2021. Sorry Alfie but the trophy cabinet is already packed. We’ll have to borrow one of the unused Rangers.

Scottish football lost another icon this weekend when legendary Dundee United boss Jim McLean sadly passed away at the age of 83.

McLean led United to their only top title as well as a memorable run to the 1987 UEFA Cup final – beating Barcelona in the process.

Aberdeen Fan Archie Mac Vicaire sent an email: “As a Dons fan I’m very sorry to hear of Jim McLean’s passing, but I’m sure he will be buried with Barcelona in his back pocket. An absolute legend – I’m sure all Scottish football fans will agree.

And Jock Kirkpatrick, Cambuslang, said: “Jim McLean was ahead of his time. A master tactician, a disciplinarian but also with a great ability to identify and pass on the best young talents. RIP Jim.

Finally, the pressure is mounting on Kilmarnock boss Alex Dyer after a fifth league loss on the spin.

Andrew Lamb, Fraserburgh, said, “Billy Bowie is now past two bad management appointments and frankly Alex Dyer needs to be deleted. Kilmarnock has retreated under Dyer and they cannot score.

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