All through the course of this campaign, there has been constant, bitter, bitching and whingeing about the decisions Celtic are getting. Most of it is honest-to-God tripe. A lot of these decisions are marginal and others undisputedly went the right way.
Through all of it, decisions elsewhere have been ignored, along with some horrors that have gone against us.
The focus is never on those, only on those which “contribute” to our victories, like the red card yesterday which was wholly deserved and which came when we were already 3-0 up and absolutely cruising. Only a halfwit – step forward Malky Mackay – thinks that materially influenced the result. Still, the press wanted to debate it.
Well there ought to be an inquest into the disgraceful decision which went the Ibrox club’s way today at Dens Park, the decision to award them a penalty towards the end of the first half.
Tavernier missed it, but that’s not the point. It was a shocker.
Of all the decisions we’ve seen this season which have stirred up alleged controversy, none is as obviously stinking as that one was, and I don’t believe it should matter that such a decision doesn’t seem to have materially affected the outcome.
It came at what was a critical time in the game for the away team; they were toiling at the end of a first half in which they had gotten not a single shot on target.
Every commentator should be stating the obvious; that is never a penalty kick in a hundred years and how it was given will be a mystery until it’s explained ten years from now, probably at a Sash-Bash with the whistler as guest speaker.
We go to Ibrox next, of course, and we will be watching, all of us, to see who is given the job of refereeing that fixture. Madden shouldn’t be anywhere near it, but if it’s not him we can probably expect it to be Beaton.
It was ever thus.
In the meantime, I don’t even want to hear about decision which have gone our way this season.
None comes close to being the shocker that one was today.