Celtic have been awarded a penalty in each of their last two matches against Motherwell.
Celtic icon Chris Sutton has told fans on Twitter that he believes winger Scott Sinclair deceived referee Craig Thomson by diving in the Betfred Cup final on Sunday, but defended midfielder Callum McGregor.
The Hoops held aloft the Betfred Cup trophy at Hampden Park thanks to a controversial 2-0 win that saw the Hoops score their second after Thomson adjudged Cedric Kipre of pulling Sinclair down in the box. The defender was sent off.
Dembele scored from the spot to put the game beyond doubt, before the two sides did battle four days later in the league. With The Well winning 1-0 at Fir Park, McGregor went down in the penalty area in the 88th minute under the challenge of Andy Rose.
Referee Willie Collum also pointed to the spot, and Sinclair equalised from the spot to maintain his side's unbeaten run.
Sutton agreed with Wednesday night's decision but claimed there was not enough contact for Sinclair to go down on Sunday. He also asked why Motherwell have not appealed the decision.
Just for all the people getting their knickers in a twist... Mcgregor definite pen... Sinclair I thought not enough contact to go down... no pen! But for Motherwell not to appeal it after all the outrage is odd to say the least...??— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) November 30, 2017
Motherwell made an unusual decision to criticise both referee's decision in a club statement instead of appealing either Thomson or Collum's decisions, which was posted on their official Twitter account.
➡️| Our statement in full: pic.twitter.com/HhH0ZTb2FA— Motherwell FC (@MotherwellFC) November 30, 2017
With controversy aplenty, the two sides now go head to head for a third time in six days on Saturday at Parkhead, as Brendan Rodgers looks to help mastermind a win to increase the gap at the top of the table to seven points.
However, he will be without Manchester City loanee Patrick Roberts, who hobbled off the field of play on Wednesday night in just the 11th minute with what seemed to be a recurrence of his niggling muscle injury.