In 1978 John Robertson Proudfoot Gordon was banned from football by UEFA for accepting excessive gifts from AC Milan prior to a UEFA Cup tie with Levski Sofia.
Hay returned to manage Celtic in 1983, three years later following a highly controversial performance from referee David Syme in a League Cup Final against Rangers (IL) he said that if it was upto him he would apply to play in England
Celtic’s recent matches at Pittodrie and Ibrox were marred by some very strange decisions bringing refereeing accountability back onto the agenda.
Hay told the Evening Times:
In my day I always felt that it was far harder to get a decision if you were a Celtic player. Nowadays I don’t think that so much purely because there is far greater transparency with countless television angles and cameras while the use of VRA seems to be more likely up here too.
But you have to say that there have been some odd decisions.
I remember years ago saying that when it came to games between Celtic and Rangers we should have someone coming up from England to take charge of them. Which, in hindsight, would never have worked either.
Someone would have produced a photo of the whistler’s Scottish granny wearing a Celtic scarf or an uncle at a Rangers game and it would just have gone on and on.
Two weeks ago Celtic requested a meeting with Ian Maxwell and referee chief John Fleming as well as publication of the match report from the December 29 match at Ibrox, so far there has been no follow up to that request.