The Craziness Of Scotland’s Meltdown Over Celtic Getting A Marginal Call In Their Favour Highlighted As This Season’s Decisions Are Revisited

Celtic beat Hearts courtesy of a goal by Kyogo Furuhashi in midweek. Ralston supplied the assist and there is no clear way of determining whether the goalscorer was level with the ball or not. TV cameras were not bang in line with the incident so it was impossible for the naked eye to call, as former Hearts defender Christophe Berra readily admitted.

Despite the marginal nature of the incident, Scotland went into meltdown. The media have scrutinized the decision in forensic detail, the SFA head of referees has been wheeled out to give his verdict and discuss VAR in Scottish Football, and Sportscene drew a line across the pitch which suggests Kyogo was 7mm offside (if the freeze frame was at the exact precise moment the ball left Ralston’s foot).

What’s utterly bizarre about this, is that (off the top of my head) Celtic have been on the receiving end of at least four poor decisions this season – none of which have merited further comment from the establishment.

On the first day of the season, Celtic were denied a legitimate goal at Tynecastle with a dreadful offside decision. The Hoops subsequently lost that game, rather than taking the lead. We were told these things even themselves out after that moment, so if Kyogo was offside then that’s the Tynecastle shocker absolved.

Similarly, Fuchs escaped without a red card for his assault on James McCarthy when Dundee United visited Paradise. The game ended in a 1-1 draw and McCarthy had to be withdrawn at half time. No comment from the media or officialdom. In the same game, Siegrist also could have seen red for a kick out at Abada.

Our friends at Celts Are Here comment on the BBC ignoring the incident

Last weekend, the Hoops conceded a penalty against Aberdeen, despite replays showing that Abada had pulled out of the challenge and planted his foot in the turf nowhere near David Bates. There was no opinion involved in that decision for me; it’s a matter of eyesight and seeing that Abada does not touch the Aberdeen player. However, some referees defended the decision and we were just paranoid.

Then today, the linesman incorrectly raised his flag on four occasions when Celtic were on the attack. But it gets worse, apparently this ‘challenge’ was not worthy of a red card…

Back to the decision this week, when Kyogo was not adjudged to have been offside; later in the match, the Hoops had two men inside the opposition’s six yard box but were denied the chance to score when an offside flag was incorrectly raised against Starfelt. This incident is forgotten though and did not merit any analysis from “Boydy”.

“Boydy” in his expert analysis, behaving like a clown from the pub rather than a professional pundit, suggested that “Celtic get all the decisions.” Turning the programme into an amateur chat show resembling a conversation in a Bridgeton pub, Boyd seemed oblivious to the incorrect calls that have gone the way of the team he cheerleads.

Off the top of my head, I can think of five incidents this season…

Sakala’s goal against Motherwell which was offside – not given. The decision meant that the blue half of Glasgow earned a point.

Bacuna escaping without a red card for grabbing the throat of Kingsley. Robbie Nielson was sent to the stands for his protestations. The game against Hearts was drawn 1-1. How might being reduced to 10 men have affected the outcome?

Against the other Edinburgh side, Hibernian, Porteous was sent off for serious foul play. Though not a shocker, it was certainly a debatable call, at a time when Hibs were leading the game 1-0. They subsequently lost 2-1.

Jon McLaughlin escaping with a yellow card rather than a sending off for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity against Dundee. Not only did the decision mean the visitors kept 11 men on the field, but he stayed on the park to save the resultant penalty. Dundee lost the game 1-0.

And worst of all – at Ibrox when Aberdeen led 2-1, a shocking penalty decision fell the home team’s way in the closing moments. Needless to say the game ended 2-2 and few in Scottish football could understand how that decision was made.

So big “Boydy” may want to reassess his remarks and be careful what he wishes for with the introduction of VAR. Us Celtic supporters would certainly welcome it in Scottish football.

Regardless, this nonsense that the officials are favouring Celtic and this crying over us getting a marginal call should be firmly put to bed. Are we really to believe that an organisation like the SFA is biased in favour Celtic? An organisation which had Jim Farry working for them, proven in court to have cheated Celtic by blocking Cadete’s registration.

An organisation which employed Dougie McDonald as a referee who resigned after a fellow official outed him for lying to Neil Lennon about his penalty reversal at Tannadice.

An organisation which had Hugh Dallas in charge of referees, the same Hugh Dallas who was sacked after being caught sending anti-Catholic emails.

And that’s not even considering John Beaton continuing to referee matches involving the top two teams in Scotland, despite being seen drinking in the Crown Bar.

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

1 Comment

  1. We’ll see who gets the decisions when we play sevco in the next Glasgow derby. As for Boyd, don’t give him the publicity. I know I have just mentioned him by name but going forward we should simply dismiss him as a bigoted idiot. Any controversy he creates probably keeps him in a job. I can’t think of anything else he has to contribute. He’s an idiot and obviously scared by the progress Celtic are making under Ange. He’s so stupid he makes pundits like Cammy Bell and Charlie Nicholas look like geniuses.