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Livingston boss David Martindale says Celtic forward Giorgos Giakoumakis “deserves credit” for his reaction to penalty incident

Livingston boss David Martindale praised Celtic forward Giorgos Giakoumakis for trying to defuse the situation which resulted in the Hoops being awarded a late penalty at Parkhead.

Lions defenseman Ayo Obileye saw red in injury time for slapping home team Kyogo Furuhashi inside the penalty area. This resulted in a shot on goal for the hosts which Giakoumakis missed as the Lions held on to a 0-0 draw and extended their unbeaten game to four games.

However, Martindale said the Greek striker deserves praise for trying to coach Obileye past the flash point.

Speaking to the West Lothian Courier, Livi’s head coach said: “I have to say I was really happy with Giakoumakis because he tried to get Ayo out of the situation.

“Ayo was pushed by Kyogo before that but there’s nothing in there – it was just sportsmanship – and Ayo reacted.

Livingston defender Ayo Obileye (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

“Giakoumakis tried to push him back when it would have been much easier for him to point it out to officials, but he did the opposite.

“You have to tell him fair play for that and it was good to see. He deserves to be credited for it. “

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