Willie Collum replacing Crawford Allan is a move that suits the Scottish FA

Willie Collum has today been appointed as the new Head of Referee Operations in Scotland. The 45 year old will hang up his whistle after a 30 year career at the end of this season when he takes over from Crawford Allan.

Such an appointment just further proves how poor our game is when it comes to officials. It also shows that it’s still jobs for the boys as Willie is one of the clique. By that I mean he’s part of the Lanarkshire cartel of referees. Although he’s a rarity in that he’s a devout Roman Catholic so maybe him landing the top job will come as a surprise to some, or even an outrage to others.

Referee William Collum reacts during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Germany and Armenia at Mercedes Benz Arena on September 05, 2021 in Stuttgart, Stuttgart. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Willie Collum has had quite the career at the top level. He’s never been far from controversy, and with good reason as some of his decision making like most of his colleagues has been very poor to say the least.

In fact it wouldn’t be wrong to suggest he’s the worst of a bad bunch. He’s a bad communicator, and more times than not he made the wrong decisions, especially in the big games. So one can only imagine how he deals with his new role.

The Rangers fans will most likely say he’s been put there as he ‘favours’ Celtic, but nothing could be further from the truth. Collum has been regarded by many supporters across Scottish football as an incompetent referee, and now he’s in the top job. His appointment is a baffling one to say the least but at least it lets the Scottish FA keep it all in house.

 Referee Willie Collum shows a yellow card to Callum McGregor during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and theRangers at Celtic Park on May 11, 2024. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The idea of a top former referee from south of the border coming in with his own ideas on how refereeing should be conducted would have caused a sleepless night or two for the top brass at the Scottish FA. Their dirty little secrets remain safe with Willie in charge. He’s hardly going to rock the boat.

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2 Comments

  1. It is a very typical “old boys club” move by the SFA as they once again make a very clear statement that they have zero intention of moving forward into the twenty first century with honesty and integrity. Instead, they fully intend to remain the corrupt organization that they have always been, targetting those they want to, and and when they like. It will remain one rule for them, one for everyone else!
    VAR is going to remain Video for Assisting Rangers!
    Clearly UEFA sending the clear message that no Scottish referees were good enough for the Euros, didn’t register! Either that, or the sheer arrogance of the SFA means they don’t care! They will continue to wonder why our game is one of the ONLY ones is world football which is standing still at BEST! 🤦🏻‍♂️

  2. Here’s an angle to consider.
    *Rangers accused him of being a cheat and favouring our club during games.
    What better way to keep him away from games than make him head of refereeing?
    How many games did Crawford Allan influence whilst in post?
    Yeah, he can influence the appointments but when you’re presented with which *Rangers supporter do you want in the middle it doesn’t really matter who you choose.

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