The paradox of Sinclair not taking a dive in the box


We discussed on Friday how vulnerable our domestic unbeaten run was against Hibs, and so it proved. Footballers are not automatons, no matter how belligerent fans’ encouragement becomes. Their performance levels will inevitably peak and trough. After climbing so many mountains since beating Rosenborg away, we were vulnerable to a professional Hibs performance, designed by Neil Lennon, who knows how to squeeze results in challenging situations.

Brendan Rodgers is not short of options for central mid, but is anyone performing better than Callum McGregor? On Saturday, he was the difference between defeat and a draw.

We should have been awarded a late penalty when Efe Ambrose pulled Scott Sinclair, but Scott, dutifully, stayed on his feet.

There is a paradox for footballers. You are not going to fall is someone holds you around the torso, all that’s going to happen is you will not progress in the intended manner. But if you don’t fall, you are less likely to be awarded a penalty. The unwritten rule referees adhere to, is that if you want a penalty, you’d better hit the deck, no matter whether the foul is capable of knocking you off your feet or not.

That’s all fine and well, if a little dysfunctional, as long as everyone knows the rule, but when a team-mate was earlier booked for alleged simulation, there is a strong disincentive for a player to dive to the ground to indicate his choice, that the foul perpetrated upon him, should be awarded.

Unwritten rules in football refereeing are pretty unhelpful.  We should stick to the written ones.

Thank you to all who supported the Celtic FC Foundation through the Great Scottish Run yesterday. I’m sure the participant numbers must have reached a new high as the Foundation tshirts seemed to be everywhere.


Kevin Graham is back with a new CQN Podcast from Saturday. He talks to supporters on the bus on the way to Parkhead, interviews John Paul Taylor outside the ground and captures the atmosphere and action inside the ground before getting some more supporters’ views on the bus home after an eventful afternoon at Celtic Park.

Apologies for a few sweary words in this podcast near the end.


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  1. thomthethim for Oscar OK on





    Enjoy your week in Madeira.



    I think we should all have a week’s holiday from here, as it can become a nasty place where bad nature fills the football vacuum.




    Tony D,



    I saw your brother on Celtic TV on Saturday.



    A fine man, who spoke well, as befits a true Celtic man, from the Donnelly stable.





    It’s a tad difficult to fall to the ground when a defender has both arms around you,holding you up.



    It’s a lot less difficult for a referee to look at that-from an uninterrupted five yards,he was well up with play-and make the decision that the laws and his training dictate.



    Collin is a cheat. Why? Well,who knows. Plenty of theories. Bank balance. Cowardice. Etc.



    One thing he’s not is incompetent. That I could forgive.

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERSon 2nd October 2017 11:34 am



    Hey,I killed the blog!


    Haud oan,I’ll get my two GAs on the case. A Lazarus moment…

  4. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    I think that Collum played the advantage rule in Sinclair’s case, as Scott actually got his shot away.



    In another ,less obvious situation, in a non threatening area, he didn’t play advantage.



    However, in a similar case, involving Hibs players, he played advantage and the move proceeded with another two stages of play.


    When no advantage accrued, he brought play back for the free kick.



    He didn’t do that the Sinclair incident.

  5. Collum is unable to apply even the written laws fairly. No chance that he will do so with ‘unwritten’ laws in a fair manner. Such a hopelessly incompetent official, it’s hard to believe that’s all it is.

  6. Really awful news coming out of Las Vegas. Strangely, not heard the words ‘terror or terrorist’ as yet. Is it just me or is the POTUS lost his thumb?

  7. What genius in Madrid thought sending the sons of Franco’s polis to Catalonia was a good idea?



    Throwing women down stairs and dragging them out by their hair?



    Every liberal in Europe, previously not really bothered, surely now wants an independent Catalonia.



    Whats going on with this international lurch to the right?

  8. RASCAR CAPAC on 2ND OCTOBER 2017 12:34 PM



    ‘Whats going on with this international lurch to the right?’






    The quasi ethic nationalism of the Catalan separatists is as much an illustration of the lurch to the right as the actions of the Spanish police.

  9. The Green Jedi on

    my despair of watching the unfolding scenes in Catalonia yesterday afternoon were compounded by an insensitive tweet from Kris Commons where he asked “why are there no fans at the Barcelona game?” You really should have seen some of the responses he got back!!



    in the week that was in it, I am under no illusion that Commons WAS undoubtedly the leak in the Celtic dressing room to the SMSM during Ronny’s ill fated final season. There is also no doubt at all that BR knew this also…..hence he wanted Commons nowhere near the first time dressing room or training sessions

  10. Perhaps Scott didn’t go down in the box in case he got booked for diving. Would it surprise anyone?


    I’ve said for years, Collum isn’t biased, he’s just totally incompetent. The worst referee currently officiating in Scotland.

  11. MARADOMINIC on 2ND OCTOBER 2017 1:17 PM


    Has pena been given his ban yet?






    Hope not.





    Same one,mate. When even the fellow members of his cabal know he’s a wrong ‘un.



    Look for a mistrial being called on virtually very case he has presided over.





    Tony d and bmcwp



    That was the john Grieg judge





    Thought so. Makes you wonder how they get the gig,eh?



    Or mibbes naw…





    He’s a feartie. Simple as that. Knows his huge income is dependent on certain decisions,and he won’t jeopardise that.



    He could hold his birthday party in a telephone box,and still have room for the tandem home for him and his wife.



    He earns significantly more than I do,and most on here. But we can look in a mirror,might not be pretty,but we don’t recoil at a lost soul.

  15. Silver City 1888 on

    I’ve seen our players pulled to a stop in the box. They stop struggling and look to the ref for a penalty. I find myself shouting at the screen. “We don’t get these decisions! Keep fighting for the ball!” Scott did the only thing a Celtic player can do in Scotland. He didn’t count on the ref doing the right thing.


    It’s decisions like these that make title stripping and Res 12 a thing of the present not just the past. #nofaithinthesfaCSC.

  16. According to the Follow Followers wee Billy Collum is the most unbiased ref in Scotland. Then again these Numpties think that Craig Thompson and John Beaton are Timlovers.

  17. Why the lack of criticism of defenders who cheat when they tackle illegally, as Ambrose did, when they make no attempt to play the ball? Pulling someone back, tripping, pushing, or kicking an opponent when you have no chance or intention of playing the ball is just as bad as diving in my book, in terms of cheating.



    And, unlike some reckless tackles defenders make illegally, a forward ‘diving’ has never ended someone’s career. I was much more disgusted by Roy Keane’s admitted deliberate revenge attack on Alf Inge Haaland than I’ve ever been by the likes of Neymar.

  18. Silver City 1888 on

    Although a penalty wasn’t given, Efe should have been sent off when play stopped… albeit for the last 30 seconds of the match.





    I’ll do my best to donate via that site. If not,I’ll give it to a mutual friend next month when I’m home.



    How’s Jura? You drunk it dry yet?

  20. I tend to give referees the benifit of the doubt as far as cheating against us. I put it down to them not being to good at their task. In the case of Collum I am not that sure if for some reason he is biased against us. If he is, the question is WHY.





    I speculated a little on the why,1215 and 1333.



    But who knows why a man sells his soul?

  22. RASCAR CAPAC on 2ND OCTOBER 2017 12:34 PM




    ‘Whats going on with this international lurch to the right?’




    An alarming trend that continues to gather momentum across Europe. Results in Germany were particularly surprising/worrying.


    It’s as if the clocks have been turned back 100 years with all this nationalist feeling.

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