Derek McInnes has slammed the decision that led to Sam Cosgrove being sent off during the 2-1 Aberdeen defeat to Celtic.

The Dons fell behind in the game through a Christopher Julien header. It was Cosgrove who got his side level but that wasn’t the only moment that got people talking Cosgrove.

Cosgrove was sent packing against Celtic. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Following on from Odsonne Edouard’s effort which put the Hoops back in front, Cosgrove was sent off for a challenge on Kristoffer Ajer. It’s sparked debate across the Scottish footballing landscape.

McInnes though is firmly in the camp that suggests it wasn’t a red. He told the BBC: “Of course it’s not a red. He’s won the ball. It’s actually a great tackle.


“He just goes in with a bit too much speed and that gives the officials a decision to make. Speed only comes into consideration when the player doesn’t win the ball. He wins the ball cleanly.

Appeal on the way. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

“100% we will be appealing against the decision.”

Can you make a tackle like the one Cosgrove put in at Celtic Park anymore?

Replays show that Cosgrove does win the ball. If it was based on that alone there would be no debate, but there are other factors to consider too.

Cosgrove is high, with both feet clearly off the ground. He also flies in at speed and if he did fully clatter Ajer, it would have been a serious offence and a potentially serious injury for Ajer.

Flying in. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

That didn’t play out though and Cosgrove did appear to win the ball. However, in football these days, you’re giving the ref a decision to make going in with a challenge like that. Unfortunately for Cosgrove, it was red for him.

He’ll miss Aberdeen’s next match on Boxing Day against Livingston if the Dons can’t get the card overturned.

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