Date: 7th February 2017 at 6:15am
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Craig Thomson has phoned to apologise to Tommy Wright about his performance on Sunday.

The St Johnstone boss was furious about the referee’s performance and in particular the awarding of a second half penalty to Celtic.

Whenever Celtic have been on the wrong end of decisions from Thomson it’s generally been excused by the favoured piece of non logic that ‘these things even themselves out over the course of a season’.

The FIFA official has come in for intense criticism for his performance on Sunday with Wright claiming that ‘he couldn’t wait’ to award the penalty’.

If Neil Lennon had made that sort of comment he’d been up in front of the SFA to explain himself but the St Johnstone boss got rewarded with a phone call and an explanation from the match official.

I really appreciate Craig taking the time to ring me,” Wright told the Daily Mail.

We had a good chat which has cleared the air and there are no problems whatsoever between us. I feel it is important managers and referees have a good relationship and that sort of communication can only help.

My opinion on the key incidents hasn’t changed. But it is done and dusted. It’ s gone. We move on as a team and a club.

If Craig gets our game with Partick on Saturday I will have no problem with him. I still believe he is a good referee and I have total respect for him.

Ultimately I still think the three decisions I highlighted after the match should all have been different in the context of that game but referees, like managers and players, make mistakes and I’m sure Craig will look back and think he may or may not have done things differently.

The controversy overshadowed a cracking game of football and that’s a pity. I know Craig wouldn’t have wanted that and neither did we.”

It’s not known whether Thomson phoned Brendan Rodgers to explain why he disallowed a ‘goal’ from Erik Sviatchenko in the Betfred Cup semi final win against Sevco.

Earlier this season Thomson infuriated BT Sport after he refused to co-operate with the broadcaster over the half-time break following criticism from Chris Sutton.

In December he was called the ‘killer of football’ by Besiktas after a horrendous display against Dinamo Kiev in the Champions League that forced the British ambassador to Turkey into apologising.