There was one man in the thoughts of the Celtic support following the 2-0 win over St Johnstone. And it wasn’t either of the goalscorers, Giorgos Giakoumakis and Josip Juranovic.
In his first match since sending off Ryan Porteous at Ibrox three weeks ago Nick Walsh showed some incredible leniency especially with St Johnstone’s Chris Kane.
Playing as a lone striker it had been a frustrating afternoon for Kane with barely any scraps to feed off with Celtic leading 1-0.
In the 76th minute he lost a tussle of the ball to Cameron Carter-Vickers and fouled the Celtic defender. Twice with his opponent on the deck he kicked out at Carter-Vickers who sprung to his feet since he was getting no protection from anyone.
As the Celtic defender got up his head was pushed by the already booked Craig Bryson.
Observing all this was Walsh who for reasons only known to himself decided that Kane and Carter-Vickers were equally guilty with two yellow cards handed out.
Carter-Vickers was the only Celt that was booked, Kane’s team-mates Bryson, Efe Ambrose, Cammy MacPherson and Liam Gordon were also booked by the PE teacher from Bearsden.
Nick Walsh is one of worse refs in Scotland
— Chris (@Christo20805012) October 23, 2021
@ScottishFA another shocker of a performance by nick Walsh
— Liam McKechnie 45%* (@maleymck88) October 23, 2021
@ClydeSSB nick Walsh is an absolute horrific referee the standard of officials in Scotland is atrocious
— AidanCFC01 (@aidanCFC01) October 23, 2021
A few kicks and a punch aimed at a Celtic player and the outcome is a yellow card apiece! Another disgraceful decision by nick walsh
— Paul (@PaulJohnMcFadd2) October 23, 2021
Nick Walsh the bastion of discipline mere weeks ago eh.
— Strength of the mind (@57biffy) October 23, 2021
MOTM today was Nick Walsh.
Kept a man on who had 2 kicks at a player on the ground then threw a punch at him .
Fired the players and the crowd up , resulting in a penalty that he had to give , he was in danger of losing control of thd game at that point.
Grade 1 ringpiece
— Highland__Paddy (@Highland__paddy) October 23, 2021
Another game and yet another mental decision from Nick Walsh. Inexplicable why CCV can be booted twice in the stomach and the perpetrator receives only a yellow card. Not to mention that CCV was booked in the same incident. They’re not even hiding it now.
— Joseph (@JosephK1888) October 23, 2021
Nick Walsh might be the worst referee in Scotland! It’s time we called this out before our players are badly injured
— Craig Trainor (@craigt1981) October 23, 2021
Take it from me, Nick Walsh is an even worse PE teacher than he is a ref
— Lewis Murray (@Lewis_Murray_23) October 23, 2021
Poor referees like Nick Walsh endanger players livelihoods when they fail to control games correctly.
— Connor McQuade (@ConMcQ) October 23, 2021
Nick Walsh is at it again. Shambolic officiating. Cameron Carter-Vickers has just been booted into by Chris Kane whilst lying on the ground… and Cameron Carter-Vickers has somehow been booked. That’s a straight red for Chris Kane, easy as you like. https://t.co/0zlh3WxCRD
— Marc McArdle #???? ?? (@marcmcardle1) October 23, 2021