Motherwell skipper Carl McHugh last night confessed he’s still coming to terms with his most sickening day in football.
The Fir Park captain is shattered after his team’s outstanding run in this season’s Betfred Cup wasn’t enough to land the trophy.
Having defeated Aberdeen and Rangers on the way to the Hampden showpiece Stephen Robinson’s troops were sunk by Celtic in the Final and the loss was made worse for the Steelmen by a deep feeling of injustice.
The Lanarkshire outfit were devastated at referee Craig Thomson’s decision to award a penalty against them in the second half for a Cedric Kipre tug on Scott Sinclair.
Motherwell’s anguish was deepened with a red card for the defender which effectively ended the contest.
Celtic may have been 1-0 up at the time of the spot-kick furore but McHugh insists his dream wasn’t dead, as proved by Louis Moult forcing a brilliant save from Craig Gordon just before the penalty nightmare. And that has only made the pain of the defeat even more severe.
The 24-year-old couldn’t disguise the fact his Hampden horror was the hardest thing he has had to deal with in football.
He said: “Yeah it probably is the hardest to take. The manner of it.
“You saw in the first half we had a plan and it was going well, we were right in the game.
“Even going a goal down, we reacted to it and Moulty had his chance. We felt we were right in it.