The ref for the weekend has been named; it’s none other than Don Robertson who last season caused controversy when two lamentable calls of his were over-turned by the SFA and retrospective action taken on behalf of our club.
The two incidents involved particularly brutal challenges which he had essentially failed to punish in the correct manner.
The SFA stepped in and made both of them retrospective reds.
He finally sent a player off against us in March; Ross County’s Kayne Ramsey, who was allowed a vicious challenge before the one for which he got the deserved red.
These are only the headline moments from his games.
He let other clubs kick us up and down the park in the course of the season … games against Aberdeen and Hearts come readily to mind, where our footballers were battered from pillar to post.
We know we’re going to be this kind of treatment from some of our own opponents.
We also know that there are refs who will allow that to happen, and Roberson is one of the worst is this regard. We can expect some rough-housing in this weekend’s fixture.
This is one of the areas where a lot of us think Ange could be more proactive.
Our manager doesn’t want excuses and he won’t make them either before or after matches, but we all know that guys like Robertson need calling out and put under the appropriate pressure before these fixtures, lest real damage get done.
We do not want further injuries.
Our past with this guy has taught us to be wary. We should be putting him on notice that we remember these previous incidents and we’ll be watching and ready to complain should this match see a repeat performance.
It would be good to see Ange do this in his press conference before the weekend.
There will be fan media reps there.
Perhaps they should nudge him in that direction.