Celtic boss it against Hibernian as supporters hit out at lack of player protection

By David Walton

October 27, 2021

Celtic managed to exorcise their Easter Road demons against Hibernian this evening, but fans were left disappointed with referee Don Robertson for how he handled the clash.

One of the major talking points coming out of tonight is an injury to Australian international Tom Rogic. The in-form Celtic midfielder produced another scintillating display to carve Hibs apart and help put the Hoops in cruise control heading into the break.

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The importance of tonight’s 3 points can’t be underestimated. We’ll get into that later in the night as we reflect on a huge win for the Bhoys.

However, Rogic’s injury is a big concern for Celtic both in the short-term and the long-term. After being kicked off the park by Hibs’ Alex Gogic, Tom finally pulled up minutes before the break as he came off for Nir Bitton.

Outrageously, Robertson managed to allow Gogic away with 2 before going to his pocket and finally booking him for his 3rd cynical foul of the match. Rogic was the target of several Hibs players throughout tonight’s contest given how much of a threat he was proving to be. He had already been fouled several times within the first 15 minutes alone.

Tom Rogic received no protection from Don Robertson tonight

It was always going to be a major concern as to whether Tom lasted the full game given the physical nature of the challenges he was receiving. Unsurprisingly, he had to come off.

67HH chats to Callum McGregor ahead of Hibernian clash

67HH chats to Callum McGregor ahead of Hibernian clash

There were also other instances in which the Celtic players were left without protection. Ryan Porteous’ poor challenge on Callum McGregor saw him only flashed a yellow for his trouble.

In fairness, it was a good opportunity for Celtic to show their character tonight. They were up against a referee who was allowing Hibs to get away with plenty in the opening stages. Even when they got more physical in the second 45, it felt as though the Hoops barely got a bit of respite from the referee.

Even so, we managed to come away with the 3-1 win as we stretched our run to 5 consecutive wins in all competitions.

And below, the Celtic fans weren’t afraid to give their view on the performance of Robertson as we await the latest on Rogic:

In other news, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou explains decision to start Mikey Johnston vs Hibs