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Michael Stewart describes Celtic penalty decision as 'horrendous'

Craig Gordon of Celtic lifts the trophy after winning the Betfred League Cup during the Betfred League Cup Final between Celtic and Motherwell at Hampden Park on November 26, 2017 in...

Celtic held aloft the Betfred Cup after beating Motherwell 2-0 in the final.

Celtic managers Brendan Rodgers reacts after winning the Betfred League Cup during the Betfred League Cup Final between Celtic and Motherwell at Hampden Park on November 26, 2017 in...

Michael Stewart has claimed on Twitter that the Betfred Cup final was marred by referee Craig Thomson's decision to give Celtic a penalty for a foul on Hoops winger Scott Sinclair.

With the score at 1-0 and Motherwell testing Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon on more than one occasion, former Manchester City and Swansea City winger Sinclair went down in the Well penalty area under the challenge of Cedric Kipre.

Replays showed 20-year-old Kipre making contact with Sinclair as the attacker sped past, but the contact is little more than minimal as Sinclair throws himself to the floor. Thomson sided with Sinclair, sending Kipre off, and Moussa Dembele scored the penalty.

Scott Sinclair of Celtic goes down from a challenge in the penalty box by Cedric Kipre of Motherwell during the Betfred Cup Final at Hampden Park on November 26, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

It saw Celtic kill the game off with Motherwell having almost no chance of coming back from two goals down to beat Rodgers side, who have now gone unbeaten in domestic football for 65 matches.

But with the score at 1-0 and with 11 men still on the pitch, Motherwell could still have equalised and former Hearts midfielder believes just that - calling Thomson's decision 'horrendous'.

Celtic had taken the lead early in the first half through Scotland international James Forrest, after neat play from Callum McGregor gave Forrest a yard of space to curl a left-footed effort past goalkeeper Trevor Carson.

Moussa Dembele celebrates his goal score Celtics 2nd,during the Betfred Cup Final at Hampden Park on November 26, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Hoops have now won four trophies since Rodgers took over, completing a treble last season and they look likely to do exactly the same as they remain at the top of the Scottish Premiership and drawing Brechin City in the Scottish Cup.

Rodgers takes to the dugout once again on Wednesday night as they return to league action, as they travel to Fir Park to face Sunday's opponents as Stephen Robinson's side look to exact revenge.

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