Sympathy for the ref, cynicism for SFA


Yesterday’s referee Craig Thomson is getting it from all quarters but I have some sympathy for him.  He saw the Scott Brown tackle and took no action.  The challenge was executed with extreme force but also with laser-like accuracy.  It didn’t injure or foul anyone.

Aiden Connolly dived to win Dundee United’s penalty.  Thomson could not have seen an infraction, because there wasn’t one, but when a player attempts to con a referee like this, it’s impossible for the ref to get it right all the time.

Virgil got involved with Butcher, both players on the ground, carelessly kicking away.  Both should have been cautioned.  Fifa guidelines entitle the referee to interpret this behaviour as a sending off offence, if he deems it appropriate- however, Thomson didn’t see it and took no action until his assistant, Graham Chambers, got involved.

It was evident from the length of time Thomson spoke to Chambers that the assistant was getting the third degree on what he claimed to have seen.  The ref asked several questions of his assistant to verify how sure he was of what he saw.  It was clear this was not corroborated by the Thomson’s own account.

Neither of them saw Nadir Ciftci kick Scott Brown on the head.  I didn’t see it either until I watched the incident a couple of times.

Chambers got things spectacularly wrong.  Like most others he missed the worst incident (Ciftci), advised the referee into red carding two players who should have been cautioned, and, to demonstrate how flustered he was, failed to notice which United player he put his arm on and led away from the action.

When a referee has an assistant, and a player like Connolly, to work with, he’s going to have a bad day.

As far as retrospective action is concerned: Scott Brown is in the clear, the referee saw what he did and was happy with it.  Ciftci presumably will be banned for violent conduct.  Connolly should be banned for simulation, unless Ronny is right that this rule applies only when players wear green and white hoops.  Paton should have his red card rescinded.

Virgil van Dijk has a case to have his red card reduced to a yellow – however – this being the SFA, I don’t think that will happen, as he is tied to Calum Butcher’s situation, and that is more complex.  If Virgil has his card reduced to a yellow, so too should Butcher, but Butcher was later booked – which would have been his second yellow.

A player who the assistant referee intended to remove from the field would not have been on to receive his booking had the assistant not nabbed the wrong player.  He also didn’t have the benefit of taking his caution into account.

The SFA will stick their fingers in their ears and insist the assistant’s initial interpretation was right, just to avoid the unholy mess of banning Butcher for two yellow cards while not banning the Celtic player, or deciding that Butcher’s (actual) yellow card should be ignored due to the player unfairly missing out on a caution.

Countdown is on to Friday night’s CQN11 St Patrick’s Dinner at the Kerrydale Suite, tickets will be in the post today.

Between now and then you can win a Celtic jersey signed by the 2008 squad, who won one of the most remarkable titles in our history.  All proceeds go towards building a fourth CQN school kitchen in Malawi for Mary’s Meals.

It’s been humbling watching people come forward and do their bit in recent weeks.  Tickets cost £5 each, you know how valuable this is to those kids and families in Malawi.  Buy your ticket here, or click the link at the bottom of that page to buy a book of tickets.

Friday’s programme is about to go to press…  The wee guy with the spoon is not from a stock photo, he’s been served at a kitchen YOU PAID FOR last year.  Stunning stuff.

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  1. leftclicktic



    18:34 on 9 March, 2015,




    Cheers for that, I had a run in with a couple of huns about me calling thems huns in work, I’ll direct them to it. HH

  2. mickbhoy1888 on

    I’ve got my ain seat for the replay and its included in the price of my season ticket but I wonder wether it will be 6 or 4 prawns on my sandwiches

  3. leftclicktic



    18:34 on 9 March, 2015



    Re: Huns being called Huns.


    Get the Huns,SFA,and our Law makers especially Mr Mulholland, to Google, why are rangers fans called “”huns”.



    Why are Glasgow rangers fans called huns?



    “in 1961, rangers travelled to wolverhampton to play wolverhampton wanderers in the European cup winners cup. true to form, their supporters ran riot through the town destroying everything in their path. in an article appearing in the English press shortly afterwards they were described as ‘coming across the border like marauding huns’. thus, a humorous accurate and nonsectarian term of endearment was created for the rangers”.







    I’m inclined to take that with a pinch of salt until I’ve seen the press cuttings.

  4. Today work got in the way of life.


    I can’t make it on Friday night, working in Brighton, til 6pm at least.


    No jet will get me back in time. Gutted.


    Enjoy the evening Fholks.


    If it’s half as good as CQteN it will be a great night out.



    Just remember, tell BRTH to keep his speech short.



    And tell CowieBhoy not to be a Roaster.



    Good Luck with those:-)

  5. bournesouprecipe on

    A marketing mistake of the highest order every time Celtic decide to open only half the stadium, a decision that’s cringeworthy and wrong on every level not just upper and





    PennyPinchers CSC

  6. If a player (e.g Jo Hanson) is booked in a cup game that is drawn and that puts him out of the next game in that cup – does the suspension apply to the replay and the next round game as well? If so seems very unfair.



    I was pleased to James Forrest played for 90 minutes yesterday. I thought he was more involved in the game as it went on. I know we were only playing against 9 men (+2 others).




  7. bournesouprecipe on




    At least I’m consistent












  8. Please God


    Dear Santa



    Please let sally come back as manager.


    The wee simba to the great lyin’ king.






    HH jamesgang

  9. Stairheedrammy on

    It’s not that I’m a snob, or that I don’t trust them from the top tier, well we have all heard the rumours, the rituals and whatnot, and they blame the altitude for it as well. Best just keeping them where they are.

  10. pannysbhoy



    19:22 on 9 March, 2015


    If a player (e.g Jo Hanson) is booked in a cup game that is drawn and that puts him out of the next game in that cup – does the suspension apply to the replay and the next round game as well? If so seems very unfair.



    I was pleased to James Forrest played for 90 minutes yesterday. I thought he was more involved in the game as it went on. I know we were only playing against 9 men (+2 others).






    Spot on mhate. The other linesman guy was virtually anonymous.


    Wait he’ll be benched in favour of A N Other Goat Bothering Brother.



    HH jamesgang

  11. cliftonville celt from belfast on

    árd macha



    18:17 on 9 March, 2015



    Mate on a night like that you need 2 rounds of nutty krust and a big glass of milk with your stew



    Off out for a wee run God help me !

  12. paolosboots FC before PLC on

    Doc hard luck, really enjoyed your table last year tommy boyd,s a legend ( no sammy lovers like cowiebhoy at it :-) , cant make it myself this year either. Hope you are well.

  13. bournesouprecipe on




    Well that’s what I like about CQN.



    Celtic fans that read what other Celtic fans post, (no need to agree)



    You’d never get posters that just come on, and bump their gums


    and call other Celtic fans names on CQN would you? (⊙_⊙)



    I don’t mind moving seat, I just don’t like the ghostly atmosphere


    of no upper tier, you’re fed up reading it but I think it helped Aberdeen


    knock us out last year.



    Build it and they will come, House of Steel, McCann he rode the winds of change


    60,000 etc etc CSC

  14. Geordie Munro on




    Fed up reading it???



    A comment from you??



    No chance.



    Mancrush csc :)

  15. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    It now seems obvious that Sevco don’t want promotion this season. We’ve had the Lying King tell the smsm that he is in no hurry to appoint a new manager. At the rate they are haemorraging points under McDowell they might not end up in the top four in the Championship. If ever confirmation was needed, we have BFDJ on tonight telling anyone who cares to listen to SSB that not gaining promotion wouldn’t be the end of the world for Sevco. As BFDJ is always on message re. Sevco, I’m taking it as read that he has been briefed and they will still be in the Championship in August.

  16. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    re the using Hun to describe fans of the Ibrox club.



    My dad is 88. His two explanations of it were that as the Royal family are German in origin and Rangers (il) fans were loyal to the royal family, they were huns as the German army was referred to as the hun in world war 1.



    Another explanation was the number of Rangers (il) players who managed to get jobs in reserved occupations in the shipyards etc who avoided going to war.



    A Killie fan I know, who is no lover of the sticky buns, calls them the Bosh. The term the French used for the Germans in both world wars.

  17. Geordie Munro on

    It wouldn’t surprise me to see a wee bit of the upper being opened.



    No telly coverage, decent prices and hopefully a team of cup winners to cheer on.




  18. TheBarcaMole on

    Late in the morning here in an extremely hot and humid Cebu even allowing for the fact it’s 3:45 a.m………..


    Broony is going mental chasing whatever he can catch and kill…. Hey Ho………



    God Bless the ghuys from NW1 and SW3………….



    Frying pan to fire???



    Naw, real time upbringing……………



    God Bless…..




  19. cliftonville celt from belfast,



    Enjoy your run.



    I did just over 11 miles over in your neck of the woods on Saturday.



    Quick 5k on the treadmill today.



    Árd Macha

  20. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Well either MSM are at it or John Guidetti is at it MSM reporting yet again that Feyenoord and the player have agreed a contract with John Guidetti for next season.Now the player is entitled to sign for who ever he likes but at the moment he is a Celtic player and his focus should be on next Sundays Cup- final and not on how much he can earn next season and where he might or might not be playing Rony needs to have a word with the bhoy. H.H.

  21. 50 shades of green on

    Awe ffs nae tap tier for the replay.



    That means its going to be pishing from the heavens, every time I get sent doon stairs I am always near a moaning face loudmouth player hater. Bugger it think I will have to try and get a standing seat in 111 or as near as I can, not had my picture taken for a while anyway.






    P.S mon the gooners tonight.

  22. Stairheedrammy on

    I was walking the dug in Greenocks West End last week and passed a skip which had a set of bongo drums and a prosthetic leg sitting on the top of a pile of building debris. Some parties they must have in Greenock.

  23. Jimmynotpaul on

    Evening All.


    I know a few on here like a punt.


    Just heard Ladbrokes will go 3/1 Douvan in the opener tomorrow. Currently best priced 2/1 elsewhere and will go evens Annie Power in the 4.00. Currently best price 4/6 elsewhere. It will be from 9.00 to 9.15 tomorrow morning. In shops, on line or mobile. At the races announced it a wee bit earlier. The only thing they didn’t tell you is what the maximum stake would be or if it was singles only. Both are trained by the wonderful Willie Mullins.

  24. I don’t believe it! (courtesy of Victor Meldrew).



    Linesman (Chambers?) has a gig at the upcoming Bayern Munich CL game.



    Shakes head.