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Sport Was Neil Lennon right to criticise Aberdeen vs Celtic ref Willie Collum’s performance?

14:45  26 october  2020
14:45  26 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Gutted Celtic fans were hanging on manager Neil Lennon 's every word as he spoke to media in the immediate aftermath of Sunday's white-knuckle 3-3 draw with Aberdeen.

Exasperated Hoops supporters watched their side drop further behind rivals Rangers following a week to forget for the Premiership champions.

But few would have predicted Celtic boss Lennon would have referee Willie Collum in his crosshairs at the final whistle as he labelled the grade one official's display "baffling".

If you hadn't watched the game and heard there were three penalties then you would be certain both managers would be up in arms with the man in the middle.

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon said referee Willie Collum had had a "very poor game" after the Scottish champions were denied victory by Lewis Ferguson' s Aberdeen forward Ryan Hedges restored the hosts' lead in the 64th minute but Celtic substitute Leigh Griffiths equalised in the 75th minute and the

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And, yes, Derek McInnes also bemoaned Collum over one talking point but was it really the type of game where the the man in the middle deserved flak for?

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Aberdeen's first penalty

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A clear decision and in many ways a brave call by Collum. Olivier Ntcham had little complaint as he carelessly bundled Lewis Ferguson to the deck after the away side's dilly dallying got them in trouble. It did appear clear cut but it wasn't a high impact challenge and certainly falls into the category of 'that's a foul anywhere else on the pitch', if the referee had turned his back on it. But Collum was bang on and made the right decision before Ferguson stepped up to score before the break.

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Verdict: Right call

Leigh Griffiths' equaliser

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This is arguably the most contentious decision of the day. Aberdeen boss McInnes was left apoplectic on the touchline after Shane Duffy barged into Sam Cosgrove but Collum called for the game to continue. The striker was left dumbfounded by the non-call and Celtic were level at 2-2 moments later thanks to Leigh Griffiths.


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This is a hard one, both Cosgrove and Duffy would expect some physicality but perhaps on this occasion the Republic of Ireland skipper overstepped the mark. But McInnes did concede that his players had plenty of time to recover before the ball hit the net.

Verdict: Wrong call

Celtic's penalty

It doesn't get much easier for Collum. Tommie Hoban got it all wrong as he wiped out the on-rushing Moi Elyounoussi who got the first touch and was set to strike at goal from six yards out before he was upended by the former Watford man. The animated gestures from Hoban's fellow Aberdeen defenders was more to do with their teammate's error rather than any annoyance with the match official. Ryan Christie did the rest and made it 3-2.

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Verdict: Right call

Scott Brown's elbow

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This one became a bigger talking point after the game as social media now plays a telling role over big calls that might go under the radar. The Celtic captain certainly caught fellow sub Scott Wright but it's up for debate if there was any real malice or the Scotland captain was merely jockeying for position ahead of an impending throw-in. However, Collum and his assistant referees may have had a dim view if they spotted it in real time.

Verdict: Up for debate

Aberdeen's second penalty

Another stonewaller. And not that it mattered much but Callum McGregor could have also been sent off for the final exchanges as he was already on a yellow card. The stand-in Hoops skipper wiped out Connor McLennan after more slapstick defending allowed Ryan Hedges inside the box. Collum had the calmness to allow play to continue before immediately pulling it back for a spot kick after Cosgrove cracked the crossbar. Ferguson would finish in style and earn his side a share of the spoils.

Verdict: Right call

Final verdict

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Lennon is allowed to call the action as he sees fit but it's very difficult to see what had the Hoops boss so vexed at the final whistle. It's not even as if he used it as a deflection tactic against his own players who he branded "fragile" and made sure he noted defensively they weren't good enough.

The Celtic manager was annoyed but it's hard to make a compelling case for his frustrations. And, perhaps, most telling in his post-match analysis it doesn't address any particular incidents from the game itself, rather focusing on Collum's overall display.

Referees aren't immune to criticism, far from it, but Lennon's comments are certainly a surprise considering his side appeared to benefit from a couple of decisions and the three penalties were clear cut.

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