Brendan Rodgers slams Willie Collum for McGregor red card

Brendan Rodgers claimed referee Willie Collum was wrong to send off Callum McGregor in Celtic's 3-0 win over Hamilton at the SuperSeal stadium.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, right, during his side's 3-0 win over Hamilton at New Douglas Park. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, right, during his side's 3-0 win over Hamilton at New Douglas Park. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Two minutes into the second half with the Hoops leading through a Leigh Griffiths strike, the Parkhead midfielder, booked in the first half for a foul on Darian MacKinnon, was shown a second yellow after a challenge on Scott McMann.

The loss of a man, however, did little to stop the visitors with Stuart Armstrong driving in a wonderful strike before substitute Moussa Dembele added a late third to keep the Parkhead side 14 points clear of Rangers at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership with their 13th successive league win.

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Rodgers, though, was not happy with McGregor’s dismissal. He said: “It was never a sending off. It was a really poor decision.

“It wasn’t a tackle. He’s run to try and press the guy who’s thrown the ball, and I always ask the players to jump to the thrower. He’s jumped forward but it wasn’t a tackle. They sort of fell into each other.

“The whole reaction from the ground tells you everything. Everyone was surprised.

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“It gave us something else to worry about in the game and the players came through it. It gave us a different challenge of how we can cope tactically and I thought they coped very, very well and really controlled the game.”

Rodgers had expressed his dislike of artificial surfaces and on a wet and wild day in Lanarkshire he was happy with the way his side had performed.

He said: “Despite the hurricane, the rain and the plastic pitch, I thought we produced a really professional performance,” said the Northern Irishman, who revealed a tight calf Griffiths picked up which kept him inside at the interval was “fine for Wednesday” for the Ross County clash.

“To get three goals here, in what is notoriously a very difficult place, and to play with that composure with 10 men for most of the second half tells you a lot about the players.”

Boss Martin Canning felt the wrath of the unhappy Hamilton fans at the end but called for everyone at the club to pull together.

He said: “You can understand the frustrations because we all want to be winning games.

“One thing we need to do is stick together and continue to work hard. We’re a small club at this level and the last thing we need is to become disjointed.

“We need to make sure everybody is pulling in the same direction.”