Referee given first Celtic game since 2020; controversial decision slated by pundits last time

By John McGinley

April 6, 2022

Referee Andrew Dallas will take charge of his first Celtic match since November 2020 this weekend against St Johnstone.

Dallas was given a spate of Celtic games early on in the 2020/21 campaign, attracting the ire of Bhoys supporters.

One of the worst decisions came in the last match of ours he officiated – a 4-1 win away to Motherwell at Fir Park.

Devante Cole lunged into a horror studs-up challenge on Celtic defender Jeremie Frimpong, leaving the right-back in a heap on the pitch.

Photo by Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images

Neil Lennon feared at the time he had suffered knee ligament damage but the youngster managed to get back up and into action after an international break.

Cole was only shown a yellow card for the incident with BBC pundits Michael Stewart and Marvin Bartley left utterly bemused by the decision live on radio.

Former English Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher also criticised Dallas’ decision, stating that Cole was ‘extremely lucky’ to stay on the pitch.

Scottish refereeing has a reputation for letting heavy challenges go unpunished and Celtic have already been on the receiving end of that already this season.

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Don Robertson failed to adequately command a Scottish Cup game against Alloa Athletic, prompting rare referee criticism from Ange Postecoglou. Yosuke Ideguchi was injured in that one.

Tom Rogic recently missed crucial Australian qualifiers after Ross County were allowed to pile into Celtic players unpunished before they eventually received a red card.

Everyone will be hoping Dallas has a better game on Saturday.

Sean Carr and Johnathan Bell will serve as his assistants while Alan Muir takes up dugout duty as the fourth official.

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