Date: 12th March 2018 at 6:15am
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For a year he was in at the heart of the SFA heading up Stewart Regan’s cherished projects as Performance Director.

Yesterday, watching the Glasgow derby on television, Brian McClair articulated the thoughts of many Celtic fans as the match officials had a more and more significant impact on the match.

During the first half a number of fiesty challenges went unpunished, Declan John was a regular culprit while Sean Goss was only yellow carded for a brutal attack on Kieran Tierney.

On the hour mark Jozo Simunovic and Alfredo Morelos raced into space for a ball played in behind the Celtic defence.

The hoops defender raised his arm, bent at the elbow with Morelos running into it then throwing his arms at Simunovic.

What happened next shocked viewers on Sky Sports.

Rather than raising his flag to draw attention to the incident assistant referee Douglas Ross, a Tory MP in his day job, starts yelling ‘Red card, Red card.’

Match officials are meant to detach themselves from the emotions on show and apply the laws of the game.

Ross failed spectacularly.

Of course there will be no repercussions, Ross will be waving his flag this weekend at one of the top matches.

In years gone by that sort of incident would have been put down as Celtic pananoia, with Sky Sports highlighting it alongside a former SFA employee the truth is out there.

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