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‘GORDON WAS RELIEVED’ IRVINE

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FORMER Celtic midfielder Jackson Irvine obviously doesn’t believe in the old pal’s act.
The Australian, who joined Ross County last week after five years at Parkhead, insisted ex-colleague Craig Gordon should have been ordered off in the Hoops’ 2-0 win over the Highland outfit at the weekend.
Irvine was sent sprawling after a clash with the keeper on the edge of the area after only 22 minutes.
But the Scotland international escaped with a yellow card from referee Willie Collum – much to the annoyance of the County players, the Sky pundits and the MSM.

Irvine claimed: “It was a game-changing incident. I spoke to Craig after the game and he seemed relieved. It was so early in the game and would have changed things had they lost a man at that point.

“I saw him coming and he was always going to bring me down when I knocked the ball past him.

“You can look at it in different ways but, for me, if he hadn’t come off his line I would have one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

“The fact he came out and halted me was a denial of a goalscoring opportunity and a red card. That’s my view, but not everyone agrees.

“For the referee, it was flag day at Parkhead and it’s a big decision to make in front of the home crowd. But I still think Craig should have had the red card.”

Irvine had a very good match on Saturday and stood out among the ex-Celtic development squad players playing for the Highlanders.
 
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