Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish puts pressure on Crawford Allan

By John McGinley

December 12, 2021

Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish has put pressure on Crawford Allan by suggesting he’ll have to appear in the media far more than he has been after last week’s controversial radio interview.

As we discussed yesterday, Celtic ended up complaining to the Scottish FA about their head of refereeing after Allan made a rare media appearance to discuss decisions made in the recent match against Hearts.

Reviewing recent refereeing incidents in his Sunday Post column today, Dalglish suggested Allan will have to become a very busy man.

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He said: “Yes, it’s been quite a spell. To top it all off, the SFA head of refereeing, Crawford Allan, took to national radio to explain how he felt that Madden should have disallowed Celtic’s winner against Hearts as “it was probably offside”.

“This is the first time Allan has said anything of note in a long, long time. Some found it strange that he chose to go public on this one incident when dozens of other things have not been tackled in public by him.

“It’s good that Allan came out and spoke – but he will now be expected to do that with every contentious incident. This cannot be a one-off from him. I just hope that he spoke to Bobby Madden before he took to the airwaves. To offer an accurate opinion, he would surely have to consult the whistler first to get his side of the story?”

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Dalglish goes on to back the implementation of VAR, which is something Scottish football is considering over the next couple of years.

A presentation of the system to clubs earlier this year was said to have gone well, with clubs set to vote on whether it will be used.

Some Celtic fans have argued against it, but I reckon it will be an overall benefit to refereeing standards in this country and ultimately to the Bhoys. The status quo can’t continue.

In other news, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou explains why he isn’t speaking out on refereeing issues and other hot topics.