Souttar hands on intimate area


Can someone check on Robbie Neilson?  The Hearts manager has been posted missing since footage of John Souttar’s off the ball attack on Kyogo was publicised.  Neilson was highly animated at Celtic’s goal, the merits of which cannot be confirmed by video evidence.  There is no such dubiety over Souttar’s bodily interference with Kyogo.  With the ball out of play, the Hearts defender grabbed hold of Kyogo in the lower torso region, causing a visible abrasion.

Neilson, by any moral code, should refer his player to the video review panel, they both should apologise to the Celtic player. If John Souttar wants this kind of intimate relationship with a man he must go about it differently.  We live in rainbow times, but the 25-year-old needs to learn there are boundaries to respect.

In all the CQN years, I have discussed refereeing performances in less than a handful of cases.  Whenever I read people moaning about them, I think back to Jock Stein’s words to his players in that Celtic film from 1967, roughly abbreviated to ‘Deal with it’.

This is Scotland, referees are local, oversight is local, all the review and analytical process are local (as I am, BTW).  This is the place where the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service brought the might of the land against a football club’s administrators who were not prepared to do the bidding of hostile agents.  Save me your ‘Best wee country’ nonsense, with its implied superiority complex.

I was not surprised by a late penalty at Easter Road on Wednesday, it was not even noteworthy.  Compare and contrast to the hysterical analysis at Celtic Park from one character on Sky Sports on Thursday.  When the host calmly informing him that the TV analysis on the merits of Celtic’s goal was inconclusive, the facts could not penetrate, the matter was settled in his closed mind.

Based on stills when Anthony Ralston delivered his excellent cross, for my money, the goal was good.  But I’m biased, so don’t listen to me on the goal any more than Kris Boyd.  Celtic will win or lose the league with the referees we have, with pundits trying to convince whoever listens that inconclusive evidence is enough for them.  It will work, too, Celtic will face the consequences of Thursday’s decision.  This is Scotland, after all.


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  1. David 66



    Perversely if Souttar does get punished he will miss the game v Rangers next week. So it is Celtic who lose out also.

  2. Looking forward to being in a small minority today up at Tannadice. Last time I was in such a small Celtic support in all was winning 2-0 at Ibrox 2 years ago.

  3. prestonpans bhoys on

    Good morning from a very sunny Gartmore in Stirlingshire. Walk the dug have a shower and then watch the football with lunch😂



    2:0 to the hoops👍

  4. Back to Basic



    Richard Wilson ( ex Rangers employee and Herald ) is the sports editor of online BBC.



    The rise in sleeklit one eyed bias started when he was appointed 2 and a half years ago or so.

  5. Burnley78



    No it didn’t.


    As stated in Craig whytes trial,after matchday he had a host of articles “ran by him” just like Sir hunner of pence did.Are we to assume this has stopped.



    The BBC masonically wrap themselves in the BBC truss decision to treat the publicly shatoot and liquidated cheating hun and the mirage since as one and the same club.



    Now they are banned from hunden.






    I take it no vaccination needed at Tannadice.enjoy




  6. If the board don’t react to the referee supervisor speaking to the BBC yesterday then we may as well give up. Not holding out much hope. This really needs taken up by the directors and not left to Ange to deal with. I would also from now on publish all correspondence from the club and replies from the SFA regarding any concerns with the referees. I don’t want to hear another statement about being surprised and disappointed. I would rather go down fighting than be some sort of quisling.

  7. It might be a tough one today. Dundee Utd played on Tuesday, Celtic on Thursday. Nice work by the fixtures computer. And I’m expecting retribution from the SFA referee for Kyogo’s “offside” goal.

  8. What is of most concern for me this morning is the intervention of the man in charge of the MIBs discussing Kyogo’s goal on Radio Scotland. Am I right in thinking this is unprecedented? Did he ask to do this? Was he asked? Was he asked when Newco scored that “offside” goal against Motherwell?



    Will his intervention influence the MIB at Tannadice today, bearing in mind that we have already been proved to have been cheated there some seasons ago?

  9. @Celtic line up v Dundee Utd ……



    Hart, Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor, Rogic, McGregor, Turnbull, Forrest, Kyogo, Johnston



    Subs: Bain, Scales, McCarthy, Bitton, Montgomery, Abada, Ajeti

  10. Verily excited about January.



    Love is the Jackdaw, in ma Hood the Seagulls are being forced out those Gulls took away All the wee Amazing birds IMHO.



  11. Good to see Greg Taylor back in at left back, and Jora in his own position an added bonus. Miss Tony Ralston’s physicality though. Mikey Johnson gets a start, if you are going to make it at Celtic this is the season to do it.


    In Ange We Trust

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