Date: 16th April 2017 at 3:00pm
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Don Robertson must never be allowed near another Celtic game.

If Robertson takes charge of a game involving Celtic again it is down solely to the club allowing it to happen.

Today at Ross County Robertson made one of the most outrageous decisions ever to award Ross County a penalty when Alex Schalk dived in the penalty box with Erik Sviatchenko at least a foot away from the cheating substitute.

There was no yellow ball or yellow gloves as an excuse.

Without consulting his assistant, Robertson pointed to the penalty spot a decision that he clearly couldn’t wait to give.

Just like John Beaton on the first day of the season when he raced to give Hearts a penalty when Jamie Walker dived with no Kieran Tierney no where near the Hearts midfielder.

Against Motherwell in February Robertson judged that Ryan Bowman’s attack on Kieran Tierney’s knee was only worth a booking.

Two years ago Steven McLean made a horrendous mistake in denying Celtic a penalty against Inverness and allowing Josh Meekings to stay on the park.

Celtic wrote to the SFA for clarification, made their feelings public and didn’t follow up their concern. McLean was rewarded with the 2016 Scottish Cup Final.

Last month Bobby Madden had a nightmare in the Glasgow derby against Sevco.

Kenny Miller and Jason Holt went unpunished from outrageous attacks on Celtic players.

In the closing minutes Clint Hill fouled Leigh Griffiths on the edge of the box then chopped the Celtic striker as he prepared to shoot at goal.

When McLean and Madden continue with their careers without a glitch the example is set for other referees.

Schalk shouldn’t be the fall guy from today, he does what professional footballers do.

Robertson should be sent back to the lowest levels of the game to improve his decision making, anything less means that it is open season for referees to make outrageous decisions knowing that there is no consequences for their mistakes.