Ally McCoist has claimed that Celtic get enough help from Scottish referees.
The former Ibrox boss was co-hosting TalkSPORT’s breakfast show when former EPL ref Dermot Gallagher appeared as a guest.
In England match officials declare the club that they support but in Scotland those issues are kept secret.
Growing up in East Kilbride McCoist moved in similar circles to Bobby Tait who made it to the top level in refereeing through his membership of the Lanarkshire Refereeing Association.
As he approached retirement from refereeing Tait got his final wish, a visit from Kilmarnock to Ibrox, a match that was the final home appearance for McCoist, Richard Gough, Stuart McCall and other legends. Kilmarnock won the game 1-0.
Covering McCoist’s exchange with Gallagher on TalkSPORT this morning the Daily Record reports:
As he explained how he got into refereeing, he was asked by host Laura Woods who he supported and Gallagher replied: “Celtic.”
That led to laughter in the studio with McCoist quickly jumping in to tease: “They’ve got enough help up here with referees without you mate.”
Bobby Madden is the latest East Kilbride based official to make it to the Grade 1 list, like McCoist he was brought up a 30 minute bus journey from Ibrox.