Kilmarnock denies express penalty for Viaplay Cup defeat to Celtic v Derek McInnes

Derek McInnes claims Kilmarnock didn’t score a clear penalty before losing the second goal in their 2-0 Viaplay Cup semi-final loss to Celtic at Hampden Park.

The owners were ahead with an early Daizen Maeda opener as the match entered an additional six minutes when Hoops replacement Giorgos Giakoumakis awkwardly challenged Killie defender Joe Wright inside the box to be ignored by referee Willie Collum. THERE is Greg Aitken.

Giakoumakis then tapped in a second to secure a final spot against either Rangers or Aberdeen, who will play their second semi-final on Sunday.

An incredible McInnes said: “Finally I feel the penalty, Joe Wright got the bully. There’s no way Giakoumakis could reach the ball but he came through it with both arms. It’s a penalty kick.

I don’t understand why there is no penalty, the referee has a very good view.

“What’s the point of talking to the referee? Really.

“VAR should talk to the referee, that’s the conversation that needs to be made, not me after the event when Celtic made it to the finals. Pre-VAR, post-VAR – it’s a penalty kick.

“Giakoumakis is getting a little excited. Clumsy, it’s a striker fight, stumbling behind Joe Wright with both hands around his waist, it’s a penalty kick.

“Whoever was in VAR said to the referee, ‘Are you sure you got this right? You have to come and see it again’.

“You have a really experienced referee out there and you need experienced people to ask the experienced referee to look again.

“What is needed? 30 seconds for another look. I think he will give a penalty if he sees it again.”

Despite disappointment, McInnes was satisfied with his side’s performance.

“I’m happy with his courage and personality, and I felt he had a conviction and an attitude.

“Celtic are a good team but my team was good today. We made a proper trophy tie.

When asked about the penalty incident, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou cited the recent claim by Rangers boss Michael Beale, who said his Hoops colleague was lucky to be able to spend some serious money on new signings.

“I’m a pretty lucky guy, I think it just floated,” he said.

Postecoglou was happy to be able to give Celtic fans a chance to return for the final next month.

“We’ve given our fans another trip to the cup final here; that’s what your goal is when you start a season – to give yourself the opportunity to win trophies.”

However, he was unimpressed by the condition of the Hampden Park site.

“I was disappointed with the state of the field. I thought it would be better.

“When you come to Hampden you know it’s a showcase event and you want the conditions to be the best possible.

“Even when I left the pitch before the game, I was disappointed on the pitch.

“Tomorrow there is a game and tomorrow will be difficult for both teams.

“If you’re going to have showcase events where everyone is watching and the spotlight is there, you want to present it in the best possible condition.

“I don’t know how much football has been played. No great grass cover, it didn’t hold up really well.

“I went to Motherwell’s field and it was perfect.

“I’m not complaining, I’m just saying. I was asked a question about a showcase event and you want to present everything in the best possible way.

“Maybe he’s had issues, but you hope it’s presented well in these big games.”

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