Celtic held their nerve yesterday as they edged out St Johnstone 1-0 in the Scottish League Cup quarter-final at McDiarmid Park. The Hoops would have been hoping their trip to Perth would be an easier one but it wasn’t so and it took a late Leigh Griffiths goal to win it. However, in the dying minutes, Dedryck Boyata was sent off for what appeared to be dissent, and the Hoops are livid.
90′ – Dedryck Boyata recieves a red card for dissent.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) 26 September 2018
What matters at the end of the day is the result and Celtic won the match at St Johnstone, however, when you see one of your best players sent off for apparent dissent against a referee you can’t help but be fuming. It’s not unusual to see a yellow card when a player oversteps the mark, but Boyata was shown a straight red for what he said and the Bhoys are desperate to get it rescinded on appeal.
If the club’s appeal against the decision to send off the defender is unsuccessful then Brendan Rodgers will have to plan for the semi-final clash in the Scottish League Cup against Hearts without his star centre-back. The 27-year-old will be key to the club getting back on track in the league after some shaky results and he’ll need to keep his head and hold his tongue to ensure he doesn’ get anymore needless sending offs.
You can read The Bhoys’ verdict on Boyata here:
Get it appealed Celtic. And if not successful we take the corrupt to court. After all you can kick and lash out…..
— Kiefàn76 (@kiefan76) September 26, 2018
All Celtic has to do is appeal it and it’ll be rescinded, isn’t that how it’s worked all season
— thegreenanwhite (@JimGreenan) 26 September 2018
How often do you see a red card for dissent? Get that appealed!
— Davie Bhoy (@daviekirky) 26 September 2018
Don't think I've ever saw a red card for dissent.
— Iain Adams (@iainadams04) September 26, 2018
Rodgers should tear right into Beaton. Appalling refereeing. Showing his true sympathies.
— David Rose (@drosejr) September 26, 2018
Appeal that… That’s ridiculous
— RicardoMonteglin (@rickysproule74) 26 September 2018
Must appeal . If you can get off with a blatant kick then surely a wee bad word is a lesser offence.
— Steph Van Don (@StephVanDon) September 26, 2018
But Swanson can stud lustig aye sound then
— frankie1888 (@Frankie_1888) September 26, 2018
You can understand the Celtic fans’ frustration with the Boyata sending off and hopefully the defender will have his ban overturned on appeal.