Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is correct to focus on winning, not referees

By John Reid

February 6, 2019

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has the right attitude when it comes to refereeing decisions.

He refused to get into a war of words about penalty decisions in the recent 2-0 win over St Johnstone.

He revealed to the Herald that it was ‘unfortunate’ Celtic didn’t get a penalty in the game.

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Incidents in both halves of the game involving Oliver Burke and Odsonne Edouard weren’t regarded as penalties as referee Willie Collum.

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Rodgers’ approach is the right one to take.

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There is no point making a big deal over a decision, especially when Celtic went on to win the game in question.

Perhaps if the Hoops hadn’t won the match there could have been a valid reason to complain.

But the points were secured, and it is time to move on.

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The refereeing debate in Scotland seems to have been sparked by one game.

Rangers were awarded four penalties in their recent 4-0 win over St Mirren.

That can’t enter the thoughts of anyone at Celtic publicly.

Privately they can maintain that the referee was wrong not to give penalties and award so many to Rangers.

But it is better to keep that sort of opinion hidden.

Celtic have too many important games on the horizon to get bogged down in a debate about referees.

It’s time for all at the club to keep their eyes on the prize of a treble treble.