Jim McInally: Would Rangers and Celtic be penalised like Peterhead?

Peterhead manager Jim McInally says he doesn’t think Celtic or Rangers would be penalised in the same way his side were in their Betfred Cup tie with St Johnstone.

Monday, 16th November 2020, 8:33 am
Peterhead manager Jim McInally

Referee Euan Anderson awarded Saints to penalties in the first 15 minutes of the second half – both converted by Stevie May – which paved the way for Saints to reach the knockout stages with a 3-1 win.

Peterhead would have topped the group with a win and McInally was content to see his side get to half-time with the game still goalless and in the balance.

But May put Saints ahead when Jason Brown was penalised for pushing him at a corner and added a second when Kieran Freeman was adjudged to have tripped him.

McInally said he felt for his side going two down after working so hard in the first half, against the wind, to stay in the game.

And he was particularly aggrieved at the first penalty decision.

He said: “I've watched Euan Anderson referee Celtic and Rangers games and seen a lot of pulling and pushing in the box, but I don't know if I've ever seen him giving a penalty for it.

"I'll watch closely in the future to see if he maintains his standards. At the end of the day if it's a penalty for pulling it is, but it's a penalty in every game.

"Every game I watch I see pulling but it's easier to give them in games that are less important to individuals.

"It's hard enough playing Premiership teams without conceding penalties.

"I thought we matched them really well up to then and then for 15 to 20 minutes we were a bit ragged because they boys were a wee bit disillusioned.

"But to come back the way they did and keep fighting, we could have thrown the towel in but we didn't and it was good to see them keep going."

"We've got eight points out of a group that nobody gave us a hope in, it's just a pity we couldn't see anything through but it's difficult when you're conceding penalties.”