Celtic hero calls out Rangers player for 'cheating' on air

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The Scottish Premiership title race remains as tight as ever after the Ibrox meeting between the Glasgow giants. There was reason for both teams to be happy as well as disappointed with how things played out at Ibrox. Celtic let slip of a 2-0 lead in the second half as well as a late third goal from Adam Idah, which had put them 3-2 ahead. On the other hand, the Rangers failed to win another derby.

One of the major talking points of the game was the penalty awarded to the Rangers. Initially, John Beaton had shown Fabio Silva a yellow card for simulation.

But Beaton was sent to the monitor for a second viewing and overturned the decision. Until that point, Celtic were cruising to a win at Ibrox and it would be an understatement to say that the momentum shifted after that.

Most Celtic fans believe that Beaton should have stuck to his original decision. There was no clear and obvious error on the part of the referee. Even if there was contact, it was minimal at best and Alistair Johnston had gotten to the ball.

Celtic hero calls out Rangers player for 'cheating' on air

Chris Sutton was doing commentary on the day. As reported by the Daily Record, he said:

" Throwing himself around all afternoon. It's really good to see. That's called cheating. John Beaton quite right to give him the yellow card."

Even Kenny Miller agreed, as he said:

"He's done it too many times. This must be the fourth or fifth time that he's thrown himself down on the ground. There is very little contact, if any."

But as the situation continued to develop, Sutton added:

"This would be embarrassing if he awarded a penalty. He's already on his way down. You shouldn't be rewarded for cheating. There has to be sufficient contact. Is this a clear and obvious error? Of course it isn't. It's an embarrassing climb down from John Beaton. It really is. Dear me."

The decision ended up costing Celtic dearly. Even though a draw at Ibrox is a good result on paper, this very much felt like two points dropped on the part of the Hoops. It was a game they had been completely in control of.

That being said, conceding three goals against the Rangers after the break is simply not good enough. The defence has looked weak all season and this was another such showing.