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Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths: There is no doubt I was going to score, Andrew Considine should have been sent off

Leigh Griffiths (left) appeals to referee Craig Thomson, suggesting Andrew Considine should have been sent off
Leigh Griffiths (left) appeals to referee Craig Thomson, suggesting Andrew Considine should have been sent off

Leigh Griffiths claims Aberdeen defender Andrew Considine should have seen red after conceding a penalty against the Celtic striker in the Dons’ 2-1 win over the Hoops at Pittodrie.

Griffiths gave the Parkhead side the lead in the 35th minute from the spot after Considine pulled him back inside the box, with referee Craig Thomson deeming it not an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

Dons striker Adam Rooney levelled with a penalty early in the second half before wide-man Jonny Hayes was shown a straight red by Thomson for a tackle on Hoops right-back Mikael Lustig.

Griffiths (left) is brought down by Andrew Considine to win a penalty
Griffiths (left) is brought down by Andrew Considine to win a penalty

However, Paul Quinn popped up with a late winner for Aberdeen to set a club record of six successive league wins at the start of the season and take Derek McInnes’ side two points clear of the champions at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership, with a game in hand against Hamilton on Tuesday.

Afterwards Griffiths admitted he was surprised Considine only got a yellow.

He said: “I was going to score, there was no doubt about it. I was about to whip it around the goalie. I was three or four yards away from goal so he’s got to be sent off.

“If it’s up the other end I’m positive, I’d put my mortgage on it, that the referee sends one of our players off.”

Griffiths (left) is brought down by Andrew Considine to win the penalty
Griffiths (left) is brought down by Andrew Considine to win the penalty

Asked what made him say that, he replied: “It’s what happens. If it’s up the other end the Aberdeen players would have surrounded him and you can guarantee he sends him off. That’s 100 percent.

“The ref just said I was going away from goal. But to me I’m going to whip it round and put it to the goalie’s left-hand side.

“Look, it’s one of those things. It’s done with now. We’ve been beaten and we need to look forward.

“But he grabbed a hold of my shirt, I came back inside him and he burled me around.”

Dons boss McInnes conceded Considine might have “got a little break” over the penalty incident but questioned other big decisions by Thomson.

He said: “We got the penalty which is a right decision and we should have got another penalty with a Charlie Mulgrew handball. And I felt we were really harshly dealt with by Jonny Hayes’ sending-off.”

Asked about the Considine penalty, Hoops boss Deila said: “When you see it, Leigh is straight on to goal. But they had a man sent off and we had a chance to win the game or at least get one point and that is disappointing.

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