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‘COLLUM GOT IT RIGHT’ CRAIG GORDON

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CRAIG GORDON believes referee Willie Collum was “absolutely spot-on” not to send him off in Celtic’s 2-0 win over Ross County at the weekend.
The keeper was involved in a clash with Jackson Irvine outside the box in the 22nd minute and was shown the yellow card.
Former Celt Irvine and his manager Jim McIntyre were among those who believed Gordon should have been immediately banished for his actions.
However, the 32-year-old international stopper was determined to have the last word on the incident and said: “I think the referee got the decision absolutely right.
“It was very difficult for Irvine to score from that angle, especially with Virgil van Dijk getting back. Everyone who has looked at it has stopped the play just as the contact was made.

“No-one realises he still has a minimum of three steps still to take before he can even think about having a shot at goal which means the play would have moved on further.

“Having watched it again, I am 100 per cent convinced that the referee got it absolutely spot-on. I can’t understand what all the hype was about.”

On tomorrow night’s crucial Champions League second leg qualifier with Qarabag on their controversial pitch, Gordon conceded Celtic might have to take route one.

He added: “I don’t know, we will see the pitch tonight. We will discuss that when we see how the conditions are, but it is certainly an option. Both teams will have to deal with it.”
 
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