Celtic fans were shocked but hardly surprised when Yosuke Guchi’s Scottish Cup debut lasted just over an hour at Alloa last night.
Collecting the ball halfway inside his own half the midfielder was fouled from behind by Mo Niang who followed through to ensure maximum damage.
What happened next is the most concerning aspect. Referee Don Robertson decided that the Alloa midfielder should be yellow carded, allowed to stay on the park, free to injure any other opponents.
Should Niang have seen red for his challenge on Ideguchi? ?
“I don’t think you can defend that.” ?? pic.twitter.com/2P4BkDXVMk
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Wonder what Crawford Allan will say about this. pic.twitter.com/3HXII11bZC
— The Ayrshire Separatist. (@DanielJMath1) December 5, 2021
Robertson has previous, as recently as last month with an incident even worse than the shocker on Guchi.
With Celtic in full flow and leading 2-0 Dundee United substitute hammered through David Turnbull at full speed. Thankfully the midfielder partly anticipated the attack but his lower leg still felt the full force of Butcher.
Robertson had a clear view of the incident, decided that it was only a booking with Butcher able to play on. Retrospectively the SFA suspended the Tannadice man for three matches which was of no use to Celtic or Turnbull.
Back in August St Mirren’s Alan Power was given a straight red card for a first half attack on Turnbull but that is very much the exception. As Robertson has demonstrated almost anything goes when you attack as Celtic player, a red card is highly unlikely.