Last night someone sent me a brief recording of Andy Halliday talking about Dermot Gallagher on Sky, giving his view on the incidents from over the weekend.
Gallagher often takes the side of officials even when they get things wrong – knowing as he does what it’s like to have to make that decision in a split second. So when he offers withering criticism of both referees and those behind the VAR monitors people down south take that seriously.
Not Andy Halliday. “Who cares what Dermot Gallagher thinks?” was his line.
Which shows what a prize idiot we’re dealing with here.
It was Halliday who himself who sounded moronic as he tried to defend a decision which Gallagher has examined from every angle, as a former official who worked at the top of the business, a man who with the massive platform of Sky to speak from and who branded our weekend’s decisions “farcical.”
Halliday doesn’t care because Halliday is a biased ex-Ibrox player who simply doesn’t want to offer the least criticism of a decision that went their way no matter how preposterous it was, and as decisions go their penalty, when you watch it properly, is a disgrace.
As is the one they didn’t get.
Halliday doesn’t even offer a concrete reason why we shouldn’t listen to the former ref; his comments are those of a Trumper or Flat Earth nutjob hand waiving away reality.
Gallagher, in speaking to that vast audience and calling our standard of refereeing “farcical”, is dragging the reputation of Scottish football along the basement floor, and deservedly so because it’s become precisely the scandal Celtic warned it would.
Halliday doesn’t care. He should though, and we all should, because as I said yesterday it has become a running joke on Sky now.
They only do Ref Watch up here so that they can laugh at the diabolical standard of our officials, and that makes the whole game up here look ridiculous.
It’s just another way the English based media has of viewing our league as a banana republic and backwater.
They only have to look at our media and the Village Idiot School rejects who fill up our phone in shows and broadcast studios and fill up the ranks at BBC Sports Scotland to see further evidence of that. Andy Halliday should be nowhere a microphone, but there he is, putting his bias and ignorance in front of an audience.
It reminds me, again, that one of the reasons standards don’t improve here is that we have a press corps who would rather the game rot from the inside than deal with that fact.
They would happily live in shit if it meant not having to work a shovel.