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‘Couldn’t cope without him’ ‘Injuries are starting to take their toll’ reaction to Andrew Dallas injury

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One bizarre feature of St Mirren’s Betfred Cup win last night was the absence of Andrew Dallas who was appointed to referee the match.

Even among Scottish referees the Lanarkshire based official is notorious with an unmatched when it comes to honest mistakes.

In February 2019 he awarded FOUR PENALITIES against St Mirren during a match at Ibrox with even some of the home fans surprised by the decisions that went their way as Steven Gerrard tried to keep in touch with Celtic as they headed for title number eight.

Earlier that season Dallas Jnr had awarded penalties in the 84th and 87th minute against Hamilton to ensure a 4-1 away win as Gerrard’s side struggled to contain what looked like an Accies fightback.

This season Dallas has been used sparingly with just eight SPFL Premiership appointments, three of them Celtic away matches where he applied the usual tactics of the disadvantage rule combined with early bookings for Celtic players and late cautions for their opponents to make the stats look decent.

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In November he felt that a late and dangerous stamp on the thigh of Jeremie Frimpong by Devante Cole was only worth a yellow card.

Shortly before kick off last night Premier Sports reported that Dallas had suffered an injury in the warm up, rookie Fourth Official David Duckenfield took over and after 97 minutes of action the Treble dream of Mister Gerrard was over.

Social Media wasn’t too sympathetic to the crocked referee.

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