The Celtic website has taken the unusual decision to criticise a match official.
Don Robertson’s display in the 2-2 draw at Ross County has been criticised by Celtic fans and laughed at by others not directly involved.
Alex Schalk’s pathetic attempt to win a penalty was bought by Robertson and his assistant Stuart Stevenson despite Erik Sviatchenko having both feet on the ground about a yard from the Ross County man.
Generally the club website will move on swiftly from controversial incidents, there was no follow up on Bobby Madden’s derby day performance, but today the club decided to carry the comments of Kieran Tierney.
The club website reports the defender saying: “I knew straight away it was a dive. It was the same in the first game of the season with Jamie Walker at Hearts and it’s not a nice part of the game.
“You can expect contact but you’re not going to go down if there’s no contact, it’s as simple as that. You get close to people in games but you don’t go to ground because someone is close to you. You stay on your feet and if somebody touches you then fair enough.
“Everyone was so surprised when the referee gave it. I thought that the linesman had a great view too, it was as if he was looking straight at it, but obviously not.”
Turning to Scott Brown’s sending off Tierney added: “Decisions go against you and there were a few in that game. Broony had been kicked up in the air twice and nothing happened then. We’ve got good players in every single position but Scott has been a rock for us this season, in every single game.”
Robertson is due to be an additional assistant referee at Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Sevco.