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