Although Aberdeen started off brilliantly, Celtic increased the intensity and began to control the proceedings. Ange Postecoglou’s side took a deserved lead thanks to a goal from Jota, who teamed up well with Callum McGregor before shooting past Joe Lewis.
Soon after, Aberdeen pulled one back thanks to Lewis Ferguson, leveling things off at the break. David Bate was found guilty of a foul by Liel Abada, but replays seem to suggest that there has been little contact between the Israeli winger and the Dons defender.
However, Kevin Clancy’s decision to give the free kick was criticized by Celtic fans and pundits, who believe David Bates bought the penalty. However, former Premier League whistleblower Dermot Gallagher told Sky Sports he believes Clancy is right.
” Sadness. It’s unfortunate, but it’s a penalty, isn’t it?
“He’s hanging down one leg, he doesn’t want to trip him but he trips him.”
“The referee has absolutely perfect eyesight. “
Celtic got a deserved lead under bizarre circumstances with Callum McGregor’s net, although the skipper didn’t know too much about it. James McCarthy slid a tidy ball into the path of Liel Abada, who was pushed back by Joe Lewis before Jonny Hayes hung up the ball. His ball thundered out of McGregor and rippled the net.
Attention now turns to Thursday night when Celtic takes on Hearts at Celtic Park, 24 hours after Rangers traveled to Easter Road to face Hibs.