The standard of refereeing in this country has always been an issue. When you’re winning and you moan about it, you’re told to stop whinging and enjoy the winning, when you’re losing and you moan about it, you’re a sore loser. When exactly are we supposed to flag it as a major issue?
Bobby Madden again had one of the most bizarre 90 minutes I’ve witnessed from a referee at Celtic Park on Saturday. There was no rhyme or reason to his decisions, it was pot luck if you got a foul or not.
The official Celtic fans forum had a meeting with the club on Thursday and the issue was raised.
Who is in the fans forum?
Celtic fans from all walks of life put themselves forward a number of years ago to talk about the current issue facing Celtic fans in general and how the club can help facilitate things.
Ginty1888 is always great at giving everyone on social media ahead up about what has been said in the meetings and then we can pass it onto our large Celtic audience.
During the ‘general questions’ segment of the meeting, the general
Ginty gives a synopsis and the gist of what’s been said and shouldn’t be taken as verbatim:
Fans forum question: ‘Referees are getting worse. The club should call it out & make a statement.
Celtic: ‘We are watching and we are on it. We lobbied for VAR and it will hopefully start next season. We do our business quietly.’
Fand forum rebuttal: Referees should talk about decisions post-match.
Celtic: Other sports can do it. Maybe we could learn from them?
Acting Chief executive Michael Nicholason was in attendance at the meeting. You’re not sure how much to take at face value at times when it comes to the club doing things behind the scenes.
Have they simply only lobbied for VAR and not taken up some of the bizarre officiating going on in our game?
If Celtic think VAR is going to sort out the current mess, think again. It might stop the odd offside goal from being counted but we are majorly sceptical of it having a profound effect on the way these referees do their business.