McInnes says Katic should hang head in shame for ‘buy­ing’ penalty


DEREK McInnes, the Aberdeen man­ager, in­sisted last night that Rangers de­fender Nikola Katic should “hang his head in shame” for the man­ner in which he won his side a clinch­ing sec­ond penalty yes­ter­day, writes Ste­wart Fisher. The Croat fell to the ground clutch­ing his face and claim­ing he had caught by a flail­ing arm in an aerial chal­lenge with An­drew Con­si­dine, enough for referee Don Robert­son to award his sec­ond penalty of the day and give the Aberdeen de­fender his sec­ond yel­low card of the af­ter­noon. McInnes also took is­sue with the first spot kick of the day – awarded for a clumsy chal­lenge by Lewis Fer­gu­son on the same player – and said he felt the referee had fallen for the Croat’s the­atrics. “I think the referee should deal with it bet­ter and see it for what it is,” said McInnes, a loser against Rangers in Glas­gow for the first time this sea­son. “I think the Rangers player should hang his head in shame at the way he went down. There’s ab­so­lutely no con­tact for me, hav­ing seen it again, and I think he’s the one who should have been dealt with for try­ing to buy a penalty kick.

And un­for­tu­nately for us the referee’s bought it. It’s mad that we can’t ap­peal it and Andy will miss an­other game against Celtic next week be­cause of it. “For the first one I think Lewis Fer­gu­son was caught by Jer­main De­foe ac­ci­den­tally and if he had gone down he’d have got the free kick,” the Aberdeen man­ager added. “He’s prob­a­bly a bit too hon­est for his own good and then he then has to take a step and he steps onto the Rangers player’s foot and he goes down. Whether peo­ple saw its smart and he’s bought the penalty, there’s con­tact there and there’s enough con­tact to go down. As for the sec­ond one, it is noth­ing short of em­bar­rass­ing how that can be given as a penalty kick and my player get­ting sent off.” With Con­si­dine sus­pended and Con­nor McLen­nan join­ing an in­jury list which in­cludes Graeme Shin­nie, Niall McGinn and Gary Mackay Steven, McInnes ad­mits he will be se­ri­ously short-handed as he bids to pre­vent a Celtic ti­tle party next week­end. “We will need to see who is fit but I am sure who­ever is se­lected will go out to give it their all for us on the pitch.”

Derek McInnes was dis­ap­pointed the ref sided with Nikola Katic

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