By PA Sport
Last Updated: 14/09/18 11:29pm
Brendan Rodgers criticised a â€œpoor demonstration of officiatingâ€� in Celticâ€™s goalless draw at St Mirren.
Brendan Rodgers criticised a â€œpoor demonstration of officiatingâ€� after Olivier Ntcham was sent off in Celticâ€™s goalless draw at St Mirren.
In the 37th minute of Oran Kearneyâ€™s first game as Buddies boss, the French midfielder was shown a second yellow card by referee Andrew Dallas for his challenge on Saints skipper Stephen McGinn.
Rodgers re-organised his side and they looked a bit more like themselves in the second half but the home side battled for a Ladbrokes Premiership point.
Asked how he felt the officials performed, the Northern Irishman said: â€œNot very good, to be honest.
Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham reacts after being sent off
â€œI never like to focus too much on the referees but for both teams I didnâ€™t think any of the four officials were very good at all.
â€œI donâ€™t know if itâ€™s a mark of all the attention thatâ€™s around them at the moment. But there were lots of incidents he got wrong, and for St Mirren as well. The sending-off, for me, is not a second yellow card.
â€œIf you watch it again, the first one is a booking and we take that. But before the second one there is an incident when Olivier makes contact with the ball and wins the ball, but the referee gives a free-kick against us.
St Mirren’s Kyle Magennis (right) and Celtic’s James Forrest battle for the ball
â€œThen when you see it in the corner Olivier is running across to block the ball up the line and the St Mirren player is falling over as he plays it and at the same time Olivier slides but doesnâ€™t have contact with the player.
â€œSo from that â€“ and itâ€™s in the corner which makes it lively â€“ then the referee falls for it and he gets a second yellow. For me it wasnâ€™t a second yellow or a sending-off.
â€œListen, itâ€™s simple â€“ I donâ€™t think they were good.â€�
Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer (right) shoots at goal
Kearney was delighted to get off to such an encouraging start at the Paisley club.
The former Coleraine manager said: â€œIt is a massive point, one we wanted and one we are delighted to have.
â€œWe wanted a performance first and foremost and I am delighted with the manner the players have gone about their business, that was the key.â€�