Report: Celtic fight back in SFA dispute after wild radio comments

By Euan Davidson

December 11, 2021

Celtic shown some fight against the SFA after a refereeing dispute saw Crawford Allan make public declarations about the Bhoys’ game against Hearts, according to a report.

According to the Scottish Daily Mail [print edition, 11/12/21, page 112], Celtic have made a complaint to the SFA after the public intervention from Allan.

Allan, the SFA referees chief, took to BBC Scotland last week in a rare public outing. The contents of Allan’s comments, in which he backed Hearts boss Robbie Neilson after a furious tirade against Bobby Madden, are reported to have concerned the Celtic board.

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The head of referees in Scotland said Kyogo’s goal was “probably” offside, despite the striker being behind the ball when the cross was played by Ralston. Meanwhile, an incident involving Jota and a drop-ball was also questioned by Allan.

The Hoops’ hierarchy have been under pressure to show some resolve against continued attacks. Not least on these pages. Despite myriad refereeing complaints across the league, the timing and content of Allan’s words, as well as the platform, are deeply concerning.

Rangers, for example, have had countless questionable decisions go their way. Yet, Allan has stayed silent. Soon as Celtic are the focus of contention, the head of Scottish refereeing pipes up.

You can absolutely understand the concern from Celtic, then.

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We hoped Celtic would eventually speak up for themselves. It’s absolutely bizarre that Crawford Allan, or any head of refereeing in a serious football league, would take to the radio like this. Surely, he’ll have had requests all season. Yet, this is the one he decides to do?

You’d have to be particularly stubborn not to concede how coincidental it is. And all it does is give credence to refereeing conspiracies.

Crawford Allan had to have known it was a mistake. If the SFA aren’t questioning his behaviour here, it’s deeply concerning.

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What, too, of Bobby Madden? Being publicly undermined on national radio can hardly help. Equally, what does it say about the confidence the SFA has in their referees?

The whole thing stinks. And it’s about time Celtic stood up for themselves here. There’s something rotten at Hampden, and it needs called out.

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