Callum McGregor has been accused of diving after Celtic fought back to grab a late 1-1 draw at Motherwell.
The Ladbrokes Premiership leaders had beaten their hosts 2-0 in the Betred Cup final at Hampden Park on Sunday thanks to contentious spot kick awarded when Scott Sinclair went down easily under a challenge from Cedric Kipre, who was then sent off.
Moussa Dembele slammed in the second with the penalty which the Well manager raging but it looked like the Steelmen would get a measure of revenge when, with 12 minutes remaining, Hoops right-back Mikael Lustig knocked the ball into his own net as he tried to clear a Craig Tanner free-kick.
However, with two minutes remaining, referee Willie Collum pointed to the spot after McGregor went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Andy Rose.
Substitute Sinclair, jeered when he came on in the second-half, scored to extend Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run to 66 games and leave the home supporters fuming.
Robbie Young tweeted: “Two absolutely embarrassing refereeing decisions in the space of 4 days. Celtic shouldn’t be unbeaten but that’s what you get when the refs are scared to make a proper decision against them.”
Jack Muir tweeted: “It was another DIVE! Absolute shocking decision in a massive game, he should never referee again, if Celtic lost their unbeaten record (which no one cares about apart from Celtic) there would have been uproar, collum sacked. Complete embarrassment now.”
Great desire ? it was another DIVE! Absolute shocking decision in a massive game, he should never referee again, if Celtic lost their unbeaten record (which no one cares about apart from Celtic) there would have been uproar, collum sacked. Complete embarrassment now.
— Jack Muir (@JackMui41611380) November 30, 2017
Derek Mitchell wrote: “Never a penalty and another Celtic dive goes unpunished. No wonder Scottish football is losing fans.”
Just watched the highlights from last nights @MotherwellFC game, great Well performance, never a penalty and another Celtic dive goes unpunished. No wonder Scottish football is losing fans.
— Derek Mitchell (@sideburns1970) November 30, 2017
WhiskyQueen89 tweeted: Just seen what celtic got penalty for last night shocking decision by ref once again. At this rate a celtic player could dive at halfway line and still get a penalty for it.“
Just seen what celtic got penalty for last night shocking decision by ref once again. At this rate a celtic player could dive at halfway line and still get a penalty for it.
— Dayner (@WhiskyQueen89) November 30, 2017
However, some fans backed the Old Firm club.
GlasgowGandW tweeted: “Celtic get their first penalty in the league this season and Talksport tweet like it’s a weekly occurrence, complete and utter lack of knowledge for the Scottish game.”
Fr Paul Stone tweeted: “Rangers (real) cheat the taxman and deliberately lie to the SFA for years, get liquidated then Sevco ”come back“ despite SFA rules and claim RFCs honours. Media silence. Celtic get two soft penalties in a row. Media uproar. That’s Scotland.”
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson remained tight-lipped about the incident after the game. He said: “I am not going to talk about the decision.
“I am going to talk about the game, two good teams, both trying to win the game. Celtic had a lot of chances so did we.
“Trevor Carson was outstanding, let’s talk about Allan Campbell’s performance, Chris Cadden, Kieran Tierney, Scott Brown, there was some quality performances out there.
“Let’s not talk about the refs. I can’t control them, I can’t change it.
“I am not going to make any comment on it at all.”
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was not surprised at the anger about the penalty.
He said: “They have been angry with a lot since Sunday, they seem to be angry with everything.
“Again, their keeper made a great save, we should have finished it, the ball rebounds out, the player makes an attempt to get the ball, Callum steps in front, gets his body there and he knocks him over.
"They have been angry with a lot since Sunday, they seem to be angry with everything."
Brendan Rodgers on Motherwell pic.twitter.com/i84wUoznZY
— CelticQuote (@CelticQuote) November 30, 2017
“And of you look at the referees decision, he is in the perfect position to give it so yes, I thought it was a penalty.
“Of course when you are the opposition, you probably think it’s not.
“The team showed their spirit, we know we can score and we should have been more clinical.
“I am really proud of the team tonight.”