Confirmed: Referees announced for Celtic games against Hearts and Dundee United

By David Walton

May 3, 2022

The SFA have today announced the referees for Celtic’s next 2 matches against Hearts and Dundee United respectively.

Ange Postecoglou will be looking to wrap up the Scottish Premiership title and only needs 4 points at the very least from their next 2 matches to do it.

First up, the Hoops will host Robbie Neilson’s Hearts at Celtic Park. Don Robertson has been announced as the man in the middle for that one with Andrew Dallas as the fourth official. Celtic will be looking for a big 3 points to all but ensure title success.

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4 days later, Ange’s men will travel to Tannadice where we’ll hope to officially win the title. Nick Walsh has been given that one, and will be assisted by Scott Lambie.

Ange has already had a run-in with Robertson this season. Back in January, he took charge of the Hoops’ 2-1 Scottish Cup win at Alloa. Yosuke Ideguchi suffered a shocker of a challenge that put him on the sidelines immediately after arriving. Robertson failed to send offender Muhamad Niang off, and that led to Postecoglou accusing him of a failure to protect his players [Daily Record].

Robertson has refereed Celtic since of course. He was in charge during out 4-0 hammering of Ross County back in March.

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Celtic can’t allow decisions to matter over the next week

We know the famous old Jock Stein quote. “If you’re good enough, the referee doesn’t matter” [Celtic Wiki]. Sure, at times the officials in Scottish football can be hugely frustrating. There’s absolutely no denying that, especially after witnessing Bobby Madden’s display in the Scottish Cup semi-final a couple of weeks ago.

But that quote still rings true. If Celtic are on top of their game then the referee really is inconsequential. It’s not as if Robertson or Walsh are going to be able to halt us playing our opponents off the park.

We’ve already shown the character that exists in this Celtic side this season. We’ve overcome adversity and poor decisions to continue our league unbeaten run from September. There’s a reason it hasn’t been broken since and that’s because we don’t allow aspects such as refereeing performances get to us.

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We can’t be sitting here in a week’s time talking about poor decisions made by the officials. We certainly don’t want to. Instead, we would much rather be basking in the glory of title success. Looking ahead to what’s next for the manager and this promising young side.

Not to mention the quality of opposition is enough to keep us focused on the direct challenges ahead. There’s no point building a narrative around the officials before the games have even kicked off.

Hopefully, we still aren’t talking about them after these next 2 games.

In other news, Barry Ferguson forced to change his tune on title race as rivals fail at Celtic Park