Don Robertson named as the referee taking charge of Ross County vs Celtic clash
Don Robertson has been appointed as the referee that will take charge of Celtic’s clash against Ross County on Saturday [SFA].
The 35-year-old referee will be the man in the middle for the Hoops second game of the campaign as they travel to Dingwall.
Robertson took charge of two meetings between the same sides last season, refereeing the Bhoys’ 3-0 and 4-0 victories over County at Celtic Park.
Alongside those two clashes, the experienced whistler was also the referee for four other Celtic fixtures last season in the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup.
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou blasted Robertson for his display in the Hoops’ 2-1 away victory over Alloa Athletic in the Fourth Round of the cup competition in January.
In the aftermath of the game, the 56-year-old stated that he didn’t feel the referee was in control of the match-up, which saw midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi brought off on his first start for the club after signing in the winter window.
He said [Daily Record]: “I think the referee’s role in any game is to be the protector of both sets of players and to make sure there’s an environment there that protects players from incidents like we saw.
“It wasn’t just the one that caused the injury, I thought there were quite a few challenges he could have taken better control of. For me, that’s one of the primary roles of any referee.
“I will be honest, I told some of the lads towards the end of the game to just not to bother going into tackles and just look after themselves because I didn’t want any more injuries.
“I just didn’t feel there was control of that environment. Sometimes players are just reckless, but that doesn’t mean it is excusable.
“We had a player who had a serious injury, there’s a couple of others who were lucky to escape from that, and that is why I was disappointed with the way the night panned out.
“I don’t question referee’s decisions. I’ve never used them as an excuse.
“But, in terms of protection of players, that’s where referees have to be vigilant because we’re told they will be at the start of every season”
As is always the case within Scottish Football, all eyes will be on the performance of each referee involved in a top-flight game.
However, it feels like more eyes will be watching than usual at the beginning of this season, with the introduction of VAR set to come to the Scottish Premiership later this year.
Of course, Postecoglou won’t be looking to use any excuses when it comes to the referee’s performance on Saturday afternoon, should any decisions not go the Bhoys’ way.
But, I am sure the Celtic manager will be hoping there will be as few talking points as possible, and he will simply see his side come away with the three points from Dingwall this weekend.