Celtic watch on as referee rescues rivals against Hibs

By John McGinley

October 3, 2021

The gap between Rangers and Celtic in the Scottish Premiership remains at six points at the end of the weekend’s action after the Ibrox side won 2-1 at home to Hibs today.

As you know, Ange Postecoglou’s team ground out a tough win away to Aberdeen at Pittodrie this lunchtime.

The pressure was then on Rangers to pick up the three points and although they lost the first goal to Kevin Nisbet, they managed to make a second-half comeback.

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However, there was controversy and the Ibrox side only had to play against ten men for an hour.

Referee Nick Walsh chose to send Ryan Porteous off with a straight red for a ‘challenge’ on Joe Aribo after half an hour. The home side were 1-0 down at the time.

Unfortunately, replays show the Hibs defender winning the ball and there being little, if any, contact with Aribo. There’s an argument whether or not it was even a foul, never mind a red card.

Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

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The decision has provoked a significant backlash online as supporters and pundits scratch their heads and try to figure out what Walsh was thinking.

Coupled with Bobby Madden’s dreadful display in Aberdeen, it’s not been a great day for officiating in Scottish football.

The standard really is poor. For me, the sooner we get VAR in action the better. Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou said the system coming to Scotland was ‘inevitable’ earlier today.

The technology could stop referees from committing the most blatant of errors, which seem to be as common as ever in the top-flight.

There’s no real hiding place with real-time checks on the mistakes we hate most.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou turns the tables on BBC reporter before Celtic clash.