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Craig Gordon: Ross County striker rugby tackled me for second goal

Celtic goalkeeper was booked for protesting after the Staggies' second goal.

Celtic's Craig Gordon talks with Referee Craig Thomson at full-time
Celtic's Craig Gordon talks with Referee Craig Thomson at full-time SNS

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon says referee Craig Thomson got key decisions wrong in for Ross County's opening two goals in the Scottish League Cup semi-final, claiming the official missed him being rugby tackled.

The Scotland international was incensed after a tussle with Alex Shalk at a corner kick, which led to Paul Quinn heading County into a 2-1 lead.

Gordon, 33, was booked for his protest and he was also unhappy at the whistler's decision to show a red card to Efe Ambrose, which led to the Staggies drawing level on the way to a 3-1 win which set up a final meeting with Hibernian.

Speaking about County's second goal, Gordon said: "Shalk dragged me towards the front post and it looks like it is right off the training ground.

"Grab the goalie, take him to the front post and we’ll deliver the ball to the back. From that point of view it has worked for them.

"It can’t be allowed otherwise I’m standing in the right half of the goal and probably save the second header.

"If you are allowed to rugby tackle the goalkeeper and play on then that’s a different game than what I’m used to.

"It puts us 2-1 down and we’re very annoyed in both instances that the goals have been allowed. I was talking about how difficult it is to win trebles and we turn up today, we get a few decisions against us and that’s what happens."

Shalk added a third with a missed penalty from Leigh Griffiths ending Celtic's hopes of claiming a domestic treble this season.

And shot stopper believes Dutch striker Shalk was cute as he won the penalty that brought the Highland side back into the game following Gary Mackay-Steven;s first minute opener.

He said: "The boy [Shalk] has gone through and he’s overrun the ball a little bit and he’s actually ended up getting something better than a goal with the sending off and a penalty.

"It ends up with a goal and we’re down to ten men. I think he’s looking for it, it’s clever striking play and I think that’s exactly what he wanted and he got it.

"There wasn’t a great deal of contact but if you go down then it’s very difficult for the referee to see when he’s behind it whether there is any contact or not. Whether the linesman can help him out there but certainly I didn’t think there was an awful lot in it."

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