Should Kilmarnock have been awarded a penalty against Celtic? Was it right not to award St Mirren a spot-kick? Should Rangers winger Ryan Kent have been sent off?
Monday 16 January 2023 15:18, UK
Dermot Gallagher dissects the big refereeing flashpoints from the weekend's Scottish Premiership and League Cup action.
INCIDENT: Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis bundled over Joe Wright in their League Cup semi-final.
DERMOT SAYS: The clue here for me is the ball. Where is the ball? There is no ball in the picture when the contact is made. Giorgos Giakoumakis has taken a big risk and he's got lucky.
INCIDENT: Aberdeen captain Anthony Stewart sent off for a challenge on Fashion Sakala.
VERDICT: Red card
DERMOT SAYS: It's the sheer intensity and the aggression of the tackle. If you see it from another angle, he absolutely wallops him. I don't think there can be any complaints. I watched this game, and I did see that he told the referee that he got the ball. He didn't get the ball but even if he had, it would have just been an added bonus.
INCIDENT: Aberdeen's Liam Scales went down following an off-the-ball clash with Rangers winger Ryan Kent.
VERDICT: Yellow card
DERMOT SAYS: This is a tough one for the referee because it is behind his back. The VAR looks at it, but I don't think Kent swipes like Liam suggests he does. He flicks out at him, but it is not a punch. If the referee would have seen it I think he'd have given a yellow card, but I don't think he'd have given a red card.
INCIDENT: St Mirren denied a late penalty when Scott Tanser's cross hit Hearts defender Kye Rowles' arm in the box
DERMOT SAYS: He's really lucky because we've seen when you put your arm out like that, we've seen it week after week, it gets punished. Whether they didn't have an angle to say whether it actually hit his arm, I don't know, but looking at the replays you'd say the player was lucky.
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