Kris Boyd's laughable Celtic refereeing hypocrisy couldn't be more outrageous

By David Walton

April 19, 2022

Not surprising to see Kris Boyd take the immature route and try to wind up Celtic fans after Sunday, but the hypocrisy from his latest Scottish Sun column couldn’t be more incredible.

Boyd incredibly lept to the defence of Bobby Madden’s outrageous Glasgow derby performance at the weekend. He stated that he didn’t make as many mistakes as the Celtic players and that the Hoops supporters would rather look at the referee than their team’s failures.

Easy to say that when you’ve won the game of course. But Boyd is forgetting just how many rants he’s gone on this season after games in which Rangers have dropped points or Celtic have taken maximum. Rants in which decisions have been central to his post-match complaints.

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Here’s exactly what he said in this week’s Sun column and you can’t help but cringe when you think of his moaning all season:

“Bobby Madden had a better game than Tom Rogic. He made fewer mistakes than Liel Abada. In the big moments, he coped far more than Cameron Carter-Vickers. And by time-up he’d put in as much effort as Daizen Maeda. So please, do me a favour and spare me this nonsense that it’s the referee’s fault Celtic lost to Rangers at Hampden.

“Madden didn’t get everything absolutely right, I’m not for one minute saying he did. But show me anyone who was perfect in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final. Some Celtic-minded individuals don’t see it that way, of course. Whether it’s their supporters or pundits once connected to the club, they want to blame the ref rather than look at what their team could have done better.

“But these are the same people who wouldn’t have said a word about the linesman’s flag staying down when Reo Hatate came close to scoring when Maeda was miles offside. Japanese star Hatate was closer to the supporters in the Celtic end than he was from being onside. Where are the complaints about that? No, there aren’t any because that doesn’t suit their agenda and deflection tactics after a deserved defeat.”

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Kris Boyd hasn’t been so keen to point out Rangers fans’ tireless moaning this season

I for one haven’t seen many state that Madden was the sole reason we lost on Sunday. We certainly didn’t go with that narrative on 67HailHail after the game either. But where he went wrong was in failing to provide any protection for the Celtic players. He was happy to let aggressive challenge after aggressive challenge go whilst the likes of Kemar Roofe and Calvin Bassey should’ve been given second yellow cards.

But regardless, Boyd’s hypocrisy here is most striking. This is the same guy who stated in the past that Celtic have gotten help from referees after certain decisions this season [Football Scotland]. He’s also been crying for VAR to come in all season because he believes decisions change games at the elite level [Scottish Daily Express].

Yet it’s not just Boyd himself who has moaned about decisions this season. The Rangers supporters have been looking at everyone but themselves when it comes to who to blame for being 6 points behind Celtic in the title-race.

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Their support has constantly vilified referees for decisions made this season. Week after week it’s been the same tiring narrative from Ibrox supporters who just can’t accept that Celtic have outclassed them in the Premiership this year.

Where was Boyd’s vociferous opposition to that narrative? You don’t get the sense he had the same excitement to point it out in comparison to Celtic supporters’ own refereeing complaints. Boyd went silent and more or less backed the Rangers support.

It’s hypocritical but not surprising from the former Ibrox striker. Winning this title back is going to absolutely sicken them as we look to secure a double and UCL qualification. But hey, enjoy the Scottish Cup Kris. After all that was Rangers’ main goal at the start of the season I’m sure.

In other news, Report: What Celtic and co expect to happen with today’s VAR vote