Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell has been left annoyed by the decisions of referee Nick Walsh and his officiating team against Celtic on Sunday, website Not The Old Firm report.
A second-half Ross Stewart finish was ruled out after Brian Graham had been adjudged to have been offside but Kettlewell didn’t agree with the call.
He felt that the Staggies were hard done by.
As quoted by Not The Old Firm, he said: “To be getting decisions like that wrong, to me, is a farce. I’ve never seen an occasion where an offside is given by the referee where the linesman doesn’t have his flag up.
“It’s quite clearly onside. We were wrongly disputing the Celtic penalty so again this is where we’re honest enough to go back to the officials and apologise. It is a penalty and we accept that but I can’t accept the last one.
“We don’t know what goal difference will come down to. It could come down to fine margins like that, we just don’t know. I asked a few questions in the first half and asked about the last one.
“The problem is we can be told any story they want. I’m not suggesting they’re telling lies but we’re told that there’s a conversation had between fourth official, linesman and the referee.”
As we know from experience, Kettlewell isn’t the first manager to be left upset by SFA decisions and subsequent transparency. He likely won’t be the last.
While accepting that the goal probably wouldn’t have impacted the result of the match, with Celtic 4-1 up, he is concerned it could have goal difference ramifications and is right to stand up for his team.
The Hoops have a gruelling gauntlet of matches between now and the end of the year, with silverware up for grabs and a league derby match to compete in.
We can only hope that we are not on the receiving end of poor refereeing and linesman calls.
Fortunately, at the moment, the form of Lennon’s team suggests we are playing too well for even refereeing decisions to impact our fortunes too much.