Dougie Imrie And Others Have To Get Real. Celtic Did Not Win On The Back Of The Penalty.

Image for Dougie Imrie And Others Have To Get Real. Celtic Did Not Win On The Back Of The Penalty.

I have no idea if Dougie Imrie is a nice guy or not or if he cares about our club or dislikes us with the passion of a Follow Follow nutjob, but really, I hope he has managed to pull his head out of his backside, where he lodged it yesterday in the aftermath of the game when he said that the penalty kick had killed the match.

I’m not joking. That’s nearly an exact quote.

“I thought we did really well in the first 15 minutes,” he said. “We had some good opportunities but didn’t take them. Then good old VAR kills the game.”

VAR killed the game? In the 17th minute? Really?

If he was chucking it after conceding the first goal, then I would suggest that his side was never really in the game and were just waiting for the roof to collapse on them.

You have to hope such a negative message did not percolate through to the players on the park, because they’d have been beaten men.

Honestly, the narrative that is playing out in some quarters here is unbelievable. We weren’t gifted a place in the next round of the Scottish Cup regardless of what some of these halfwits appear to believe. Morton did start brightly, but we were already settling into our rhythm and getting on top of it when we got the award. A goal was in the offing.

The decision is a bad one.

It’s a bad decision in a way that last weeks was not, and I’m convinced that Kilmarnock might have had a case. But it didn’t cost them a place in the final any more than the decision yesterday cost Morton a place in the Fourth Round.

We have seen the Kilmarnock one given against us before and we have failed to get more blatant penalties than the one we got yesterday, most notably at Ibrox. The press had little or no sympathy for us.

That we managed to rise above the bad calls and get results doesn’t offer a proper explanation for why only the calls that we do get generate such outrage.

Outrage I can handle, but people shouldn’t be allowed to just talk whatever crap pops into their heads and any suggestion that we’ve moved forward in the cup for the second week in a row on the back of bad refereeing is ludicrous and not worthy of serious debate.

Share this article


  • Chris says:

    Imries’s a hun.

  • Seppington says:

    Imrie, like half the folk in Greenock*, is clearly on the horse if he thinks the ‘Ton were leaving with anything but memories…

    * being from Greenock I can crack a joke about the toon’s drug problem..look! I inadvertently did it again!

  • Scud Missile says:

    Lol well if you ask DICK Foster he will tell you a different story apparently it changed the game that decision.
    Can you imagine had that been sevco getting that decision he would’ve told us it would not make any difference as sevco always had the game in the bag.

  • James Ward says:

    A harsh penalty yesterday but we have had harsh penalties given against us notably Dundee United & Ross County.The Kilmarnock penalty claim was rightly not given as it was a dive by the cheating Joe Wright.

  • SSMPM says:

    Jealous white noise from the noisy orangemen that for all their power can’t keep us down. Have you started or about to start that independent enquiry yet Nicola?

  • JimBhoy says:

    I don’t think Celtic got out of 3rd gear, they didn’t have to and with a few changes in the starting line up. Not one Celtic player claimed for a pen.

  • Bigmick says:

    The pen did virtually kill their already slim chances…as soon as we get that pen i said “well, that’s killed this game”. Imrie’s assessment was fair and accurate in my opinion. He rightly had a wee moan about it.

    • Seppington says:

      Would he have been bitching as much had we scored a non-pen goal at that moment? Who would he have had to blame then? VAR has become a convenient excuse for managerial suckitude….

  • John says:

    Think you are being a little bit disingenuous with this article James. IMO what he meant was his game plan went out the window. His best chance of causing an upset was to frustrate us for as long as possible. I’d have annoyed as well had that decision had gone against us as I was with the pens given against Bernabei and Matt O Riley. Let’s be honest they were doing a pretty good job at frustrating us up to that point.

  • Scouse bhoy says:

    After the disgrace at tynecastle and motherwell i will gladly take any decision that goes in our favour. The whole var issue is a complete shambles.

    • Woodyiom says:

      “After the disgrace at tynecastle and motherwell i will gladly take any decision that goes in our favour.”

      That type of thinking and attitude exacerbates the issue – VAR should be helping the officials get more decisions correct not seemingly result in them getting even more wrong! – I (and all other Celtic fans I know) simply want the correct decisions to been given whether for us or against us and the same for games involving other teams.

  • Woodyiom says:

    James, I think you, and some of the contributors on this thread, are overreading Imrie’s comment. He was, rightly, angry at the decision as his plan (like most teams who come to CP) was to be compact, organised and frustrate us for as long as possible and hope that either we make an error or they take one of the few chances they would get – most likely from a set piece What he wasn’t banking on was VAR intervening on an innocuous incident rendering his plan useless inside 20mins. We have quite rightly pointed out that the pens given against O’Riley and Bernabei were jokes – well so was that. Think back to the game in Madrid – we didn’t have much chance of getting a result there but what little chance we did was effectively removed with pens awarded against us – Saturday was the same for Morton. Imrie’s comment was fine and had nothing to do with whatever team he may or may not support.

  • Ryan says:

    Dougie imrie is a ger brought up supporting them his da is the grounds keeper at ibrokes and many other clubs in Scotland. I used to bump his sister.

Comments are closed.