I should know better, but the SFA ban on Albian Ajeti was simulation at Rugby Park was as surprising as it was ridiculous. Killie’s Colin Doyle, went to ground fully committed but was beaten to the ball by Albian. The keeper clipped the Celtic striker’s heel when he was unable to make contact with the ball without going through Albian.
It is up to the match officials to decide if that was enough to merit a penalty but with contact made in this manner the player should not be punished for going down. The officials got themselves into a mess for missing the first half penalty on Odsonne Edouard, just as the SFA got into a mess when judging the apparent good character of a player who committed a dangerous act. We have weak football governance in this country, in case you didn’t notice.
Stephen Robinson resigned as Motherwell manager in the first days of the New Year after a form slump that ended with a 3-0 defeat to Hamilton. Under new manager, Graham Alexander, the Fir Park side have lost only once (at Pittodrie) in five games, that includes one of the rare occasions Newco have dropped points this season.
There are no easy games for Celtic these days and tomorrow’s will be as challenging as last weekend’s visit of St Mirren. We have the playing squad to record another comfortable victory, but I suggest you avoid betting on it.