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Scottish Premiership penalty call not the same, says Celtic manager Ronny Deila

Dundee United 0-3 Celtic

By Ronnie Esplin

Published 27/04/2015

Controversial call: Celtic’s Gary Mackay-Steven is brought down to win his side a penalty against Dundee United
Controversial call: Celtic’s Gary Mackay-Steven is brought down to win his side a penalty against Dundee United

Ronny Deila insists the penalty claim which went in Celtic's favour in the 3-0 Scottish Premiership win over Dundee United cannot stand comparison with the one that got away last week.

The third goal in Leigh Griffiths' second-half hat-trick at Tannadice came courtesy of a spot-kick awarded six minutes from time, but television pictures showed that United skipper John Rankin's initial contact on Hoops' substitute Gary Mackay-Steven came outside the box.

The irony was not lost on those who had witnessed another traumatic week in Scottish football following referee Steven McLean's refusal to award the Scottish Premiership leaders a blatant penalty for a Josh Meekings handball in the 3-2 William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Inverness last Sunday.

Celtic wrote to the Scottish Football Association seeking an explanation and Meekings was offered a one-game ban by the SFA before the case was dismissed, leaving him free to play against Falkirk in the final.

Delia said: "I agree (decisions even up over a season) but what happened last Sunday was not normal. This is a totally different thing. I rarely talk about referees' decisions but last Sunday was a thing that really affected the game.

"If it was wrong today it would not have affected the game."

Celtic will clinch the title if they beat Dundee on Friday night and Aberdeen do not beat Dundee United on Saturday.

DUNDEE: Cierzniak, McGowan, Fojut, Morris, Dixon, Souttar, Rankin, Spittal (Connolly 78), Telfer (Coote 69), Erskine (Anier 85), Muirhead

Subs not used: Dillon, Smith, Szromnik, Spark

CELTIC: Gordon, Matthews (Ambrose Emuobo 69), van Dijk, Denayer, Izaguirre, Bitton, Brown, Commons, Johansen (Forrest 72), Armstrong (Mackay-Steven 60), Griffiths

Subs not used: Guidetti, Scepovic, Zaluska, Tierney

Goals: Griffiths 47, 65, 84 (pen)

Bookings: Dundee Utd: Rankin

Celtic: Brown

Man of the match: Leigh Griffiths

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: William Collum

Attendance: 8,329

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