New referee chief should be from outside the country

New referee chief should be from outside the country. Foreign officials should also be under consideration…

Ian Maxwell CEO of the Scottish Football Association Ian Maxwell, who said authorities must seek to alleviate the unsustainable pressure on match officials and VAR operators as it was announced Crawford Allan will step down as head of referee operations at the end of the season. Monday March 18, 2024. Photo Steve Welsh

With Crawford Allan handing in his resignation before he was pushed the hunt will now begin for his successor. Let’s hope the powers that be see sense and look outwith our backward little country in the search for any possible candidates.

It would be a refreshing approach to our game to have someone who wouldn’t let their bias get in the way of doing their job. The same goes for the match officials. Let’s get in some overseas based referees for certain vital fixtures. It’s an approach that happens in certain football leagues in world football, and it’s time for us to adopted a similar strategy.

Match Referee Bobby Madden looks on during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between St Johnstone and Celtic at McDiarmid Park on March 01, 2020 Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Our referees are at an all time low standard, and with bias also playing a part in their decisions it’s time for them to step aside from taking charge of games with so much pressure riding on the outcome.

It’s not ‘paranoia’ to hold such an opinion. It’s well known that the overwhelming majority of our referees have leanings towards the club who play out of Ibrox. A small percentage also have leanings towards Celtic so it makes sense to take them all out of the firing line.

You just have to look at the stats involving theRangers in Europe. They get judged more impartially on the continent than they do at home.

That’s the way it should be, and having unbiased impartial officials is a step forward in achieving fairness in our game. Yes there will still be mistakes, but at least you will know they will be of the true ‘honest’ variety.

Just an Ordinary Bhoy

Celtic v St. Johnstone – Brendan Rodgers speaks with Tomoki Iwata following during the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park on Saturday March 16, 2024.Photo Andrew Milligan

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1 Comment

  1. Jim O'Rourke on

    Dallas will get it his early retirement from reffing through injury is probably more than a coincidence