By Ben McNicol and Ben Banks

Jim Goodwin was pleased with what his St Mirren players put into the match against Celtic – but he couldn’t help but feel penalty frustrations.

The Buddies lost 2-1 to Celtic in Paisley despite a decent performance against the Champions. Lee Erwin, on his first start for the club, put one into the Hoops net to give Saints an early lead.

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St Mirren were in front against Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But headers before half time from Shane Duffy and James Forrest gave Celtic a win. Whilst Goodwin was pleased with the work ethic of his team, he was less happy with a penalty decision.

He believes Duffy, whilst not deliberate, did commit a hand ball inside the box as Richard Tait lined up a shot. It’s got Goodwin asking the VAR question.

“The players did everything I asked of them, that shape, that discipline, and just to be compact, and hard to beat,” said Goodwin “To get our noses in front was fantastic and no easy feat against that Celtic defence.

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Did the Celtic signing commit a hand ball? (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I thought it was really well worked. I would have liked to have held on to it longer. I was disappointed with the two goals we lost.

“People will be sick and tired of my whining voice. But unfortunately I am disappointed that we didn’t get a penalty in the first-half. I am not for one minute suggesting that Shane Duffy deliberately handled the ball, but he definitely did hand ball it.

“He lost the flight of the ball, it hit his left arm and in doing so he stopped the ball going through to Richard Tait who would have had an opportunity to put the ball in the back of the net. It would have been a good chance.

“We’re not getting the rub of the green at the moment. That is another one that has gone against us. Maybe the conversation we should be having is ‘where are we going to find the money to get VAR.”

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