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Celtic: Sky Sports man slams Giorgos Giakoumakis over VAR decision

Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis should feel incredibly fortunate not to have conceded a penalty on the weekend in the semi-final at Hampden, according to Dermot Gallagher.

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Ange Postecoglou’s side have booked themselves a spot in the final of the Scottish League Cup following their 2-0 victory over Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Goals from the Greek striker and Daizen Maeda proved to be the difference between the two sides at Hampden with the Bhoys set to face their city rivals in the final.

However, there have been some suggestions that Kilmarnock could have been awarded a penalty for a clumsy challenge from the Celtic striker.

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And although it was not given, speaking on Sky Sports’ Ref Watch, the former referee, Gallagher, has suggested the striker did shove Joe Wright to the ground unfairly:

“I think the clue here for me is where is the ball. Where’s the ball? There’s no ball in the picture. Still not there. Still not there. Still not there. There it goes. So I think he’s taken a massive risk and he’s got lucky. You know, I think it should be a penalty.”

Big let-off

When you consider the ball is nowhere near either of the players as the striker forces the Kilmarnock man to the ground, it is not difficult to see where Gallagher is coming from.

It does look like a really clumsy challenge from a striker who is not used to defending inside of his own area.

And we have to agree with Gallagher, that on this occasion, the Hoops have seriously been let off the hook by Willie Collum and the official operating VAR.

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Had Collum just missed the incident live then there could have been understanding as to why it was not given, however, with VAR introduced there is no excuse for incidents like this not to be given.

And given the teams were only separated by one goal at the time, Giakoumakis could have landed his side in real bother with the momentum potentially taking a swing against them.

However, Celtic will feel as if they have been owed a decision back by VAR this season with a number of contentious calls going against them.

One was the handball against Matt O’Riley in the victory over Ross County late last year in which the midfielder was somehow deemed to have deliberately handled the ball inside his own box.

Celtic have seemingly been let off with one here, but it appears as if that could well have been one of Giakoumakis’ final games in a Hoops jersey on Saturday so he will be grateful his time at Parkhead has potentially ended on a goal and not a penalty against them.