FORMER Celtic hero Peter Grant reckons the SFA should be explaining themselves to Brendan Rodgers and not the other way around.

The Hoops boss has been hit with a notice of complaint by the Scottish football rulers and will be hauled to Hampden in three weeks’ time following his criticims of the officials in the champions’ controversial 2-0 loss to Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday.

The match was marred by a couple of baffling VAR interventions by John Beaton and then referee Don Robertson’s review of the incidents that saw his original yellow card for Yang Hyun-jun scrapped for a red and a phantom penalty-kick awarded to the hosts after a ludicrous handball decision.

RED CARD BECKONS…a puzzled Yang Hyun-gyu looks on as Don Robertson prepares to review the incident with Alex Cochrane.

Rodgers questioned the competence of the officials and has incurred the wrath of the powers-that-be that could lead to a two-game touchline ban which will see him banished to the stands for the away games at Livingston on March 31 and Ibrox a week later.

One-time Hoops midfielder Grant backed Rodgers and said: “What did they expect him to say? It’s the truth. I’m not just saying it for Celtic, but for other managers.

“Not just at the top with Celtic and Rangers, down at the bottom of the league some of the decisions have been a disgrace.

“Now they are asking Brendan Rodgers to explain himself. Why? They should be the one explaining themselves.

“It’s a shocking decision.”

GRIM…Brendan Rodgers can’t hide his frustration in the aftermatch interview.

Grant was also enraged by the SFA’s decision to throw out his old club’s appeal against Yang’s two-game suspension following his red card in Edinburgh.

The former fans’ favourited, speaking to Go Radio, added: “There was no chance of it getting overturned. A couple of weeks ago the head of referees came out and said they had made mistakes and hoped between now and the end of the season they could iron that out.

“So, you could guarantee there was absolutely no chance of them turning that round.

“The decision was a disgrace. At the time I am thinking it’s not even a booking. That is a skill – if he knocks if over his head and pulls it down we would say what a piece of fantastic skill.

“Unfortunately, the boy [Cochrane] has put his head into his foot.

“You have Crawford Allan and the two guys on Sunday, Beaton and Robertson – if those three guys can’t get the right decision, that tells you how bad it is. The red card is a disgrace.

“From day one up here, I said VAR is a joke.”


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