The former Premiership whistler has cultivated a lucrative career in the media and on the after dinner circuit and has never hidden his support for Rangers.
Extending his support for one club into foul mouthed rants about other players is unprofessional and best kept to playing to the audience on his speaking engagements.
Winter’s original comments aren’t worth repeating but contained abusive and derogatory comments about McGeady, Neil Lennon, Gordon Strachan, Artur Boruc and Celtic in general using the sort of language that is best left to anonymous supporters message boards.
Responding to Winter’s comments a Celtic spokesman said: “For someone involved recently in professional football and who speaks on various media out lets, this is disappointing and irresponsible. Celtic will be seeking an immediate apology.”
As well as his after dinner engagements Winter regularly pops up on talkSport, BBC Five Live and Sky Sports News to discuss refereeing matters.
Winter describes himself on his website as ‘Introducing the official website of refereeing legend and top media personality Jeff Winter’ and goes on to add ‘Jeff is also a prolific writer and radio broadcaster and his insightful columns can be found in many top media outlets.’
This incident will no doubt create extra publicity for the former referee but could also curtail the demand for his opinions from mainstream media.