Celtic legend Tom Boyd calls for foreign referees

By Connor Gordon

February 5, 2019

Celtic legend Tom Boyd wants the SFA to bring foreign referees back to the Scottish Premiership.

This comes amidst broad criticism at the moment by fans, players and staff of teams across the country.

However, when it comes to potential bias, Boyd doesn’t believe it’s universal in Scotland.

Boyd believes in whistlers from abroad

Referee criticism is raising its head again following the award of four penalties to Rangers at the weekend.

Andrew Dallas is a referee under fire after Rangers penalty decisions. (Photo by Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Three of them are definitely contentious decisions by Andrew Dallas.

Reported by the Daily Record, Boyd said:  “When I watch games, Celtic’s in particular, they are not offering protection of Celtic players.

“I’ve seen two waist-high challenges on Edouard this season and neither was deemed to be a foul. That’s not acceptable. There is something way wrong with the standard of officiating just now.

Tom Boyd is a long standing critic of Scottish referees. (Photo by Clive Brunskill /Allsport)

“It needs to be addressed and the only solution is to bring in the kind of neutral referees who came in a few years ago and did well.”

Legend’s ref plan has worked before

The former Celtic captain’s suggestion isn’t something out of the ordinary in Scotland.

Back in 2010, SFA referees went on strike following another round of criticism from clubs in the country over the standard of refereeing.

The league brought in whistlers from Malta, Israel and Luxembourg to cover domestic matches until there was a resolve.

Boyd said: “It’s something we need to sort right away and the only solution I can see is to bring in neutral referees because the ones we have at the moment cannot handle the games.”

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke calls for better refereeing in Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Criticism isn’t coming only from a Celtic persuation as rival gaffer Steve Clarke also addressed the problem.

The Kilmarnock boss told BBC Sport: “It would be nice to see people in authority start to address the situation.”

No matter which side of the debate you’re on, there is a growing problem here between referees and clubs.

There must be a resolve as this will only continue to be a detriment to our game.

Those at the top must stand up and sort this out.