I am wrought out by the refereeing Celtic endure, including the behaviour of VAR. SFA Head of Referees, Crawford Allan, platformed himself in the media last season, to say he thought Celtic benefited from an offside decision that wasn’t made. When the brogue is on the other foot, he is nowhere to be seen.
Referees have been poorly prepared for the introduction of VAR and seem insufficiently familiar with the Laws of the Game. Guidance on the handball rule has either not been given or not been adhered to, either way, we have a management issue.
What you are watching is not a failure of individual referees, it is a systemic failure. Refs have not been prepared well enough. We are in the ridiculous situation where fans are hoping someone at the SFA can use the World Cup break to present clear guidance to officials, guidance that should be an ongoing part of referee development.
60,000 people left Celtic Park on Saturday incredulous at the performance of the referee; he is a symptom, not the problem. Crawford Allan, you are not up to task, resign.