Willie Collum has been handed Celtic’s game at the weekend, in the latest instance of the SPFL and the SFA rewarding someone for being an absolute failure. More than once it has been pointed out that Collum is, at best, an attention seeker when the cameras are on him; he is handed an unseemly amount of opportunities to demonstrate that trend.
Celtic is probably sick of banging the drum on this issue. We have complained to the SFA about Collum and his ilk, and all to no avail. The revolving door of mediocrity keeps on going, and we keep on getting the same faces over and over again, no matter how much they screw up. There cannot be many associations which reward failure like this.
Collum always seems to be at the heart of controversy, and he’s one of the few officials who has drawn complaints from Celtic Park and Ibrox both. But that is not, as some people think, to his credit; the “wisdom” that if you’re pissing off both sides you must be doing something right is just one of a number of daft defences offered up for this joker.
It is bad enough when clubs do not rate an official.
But our club doesn’t trust this guy, and he’s not the only one.
That’s a terrible state of affairs, and yet because the SPFL is forced to take these officials we are forced to keep using him, and Beaton and others who ought not to be near our games. Celtic fans sigh in frustration every time one of these people gets given a match and if that’s true of us it must be doubly true of those inside the walls sick of banging their heads on them.
Other clubs do a lot of talking on this issue, usually after they get a single bad decision against them in a big game. At this time of year, the volume is louder than normal because there’s more at stake in the games. All too soon, though, the SFA knows there will be silence again and clubs will roll over and accept these sub-standard refs.
It really is high time something proper was done about this issue.