Andrew Dallas will take charge of Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final against Aberdeen having only refereed one Celtic match this season, the 0-0 draw with St Mirren in September.
This season there hasn’t yet been any match changing honest mistakes in Celtic games although the defeat at Tynecastle may have been avoided if John Beaton had sent off Steven Naismith for his attack on a grounded Jonny Hayes.
While there has been no major decisions against Celtic opposition players know that they can go in as hard and as late as they like with little chance of seeing a red card.
Kieran Tierney seems to be a particular victim of these tactics with forwards regularly giving it ‘got there as quickly as I could’ when they slide in late on the defender.
Livingston was a recent example of that policy with Kevin Clancy reluctant to bring out his cards.
It seems that Celtic superior ability has created a built in evening-up policy among match officials where opponents get away with more against Brendan Rodgers’ side to balance out Celtic’s superior ability.