Brian McNally has posed the question if it is now the time for Celtic to speak out about the lack of protection offered to their employees.
Coming back from Alloa tonight Ange Postecoglou has to contend with injury reports on Callum McGregor, Liel Abada and Yosuke Guchi. Don Robertson also turned a blind eye to a nasty attack on Stephen Welsh from Conor Sammon.
Back in November Celtic chairman Ian Bankier admitted to deep concerns about Scottish referees, that was in response to the booking of Cameron Carter-Vickers after he was kicked twice while grounded by Chris Kane of St Johnstone. The same referee, Nick Walsh was awarded the League Cup semi-final between the same two clubs a month later.
Ange Postecoglou has taken a stance of refusing to comment on or criticise referees regardless of what happens to his players. That stance seems highly unusual, and on tonight’s evidence costly.
It seems that the injury toll is never ending, equally there seems to be no signs of concern inside the Celtic hierarchy.
Don Robertson gave #Celtic players little protection.He ignored the shoulder into McGregor’s face that’s inflicted a bad injury, same with Salmon elbow on Welsh plus assault on Jota. Tackle that crocked Ideguchi was a red. Time to complain?
— Brian McNally (@McNallyMirror) January 22, 2022
Yellow card ???? pic.twitter.com/sIyu9FbJ2M
— Paul (@PaulJohnMcFadd2) January 22, 2022
Michael Stewart brands tackle on Celtic star Yosuke Ideguchi ‘indefensible’ as Japanese midfielder lucky to walk away https://t.co/dorqjvgEQA
— Jaun News (@JaunNews) January 22, 2022
McNally was a senior sports reporter for the Sunday Mirror.