Don Robertson Was Most Certainly Not “Outstanding” At Hampden. Ask Celtic Fans.

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Des Roache and Steve Conroy are back at it again today, this time talking up Don Robertson as a potential ref for the Scottish Cup Final.

For me, I would be happy never to see Don Robertson referee a game again.

Our view that he’s dreadful is pretty near universal.

They both reckon he was “outstanding.”

He was certainly not that. I thought he allowed the Ibrox club to get away with everything and anything they wanted. Some of our players were kicked all over the park. I can’t remember him awarding us a single opportunity providing free kick.

The irony of that, of course, is that we should have had at least one. Indeed, so universal was the expectation that a particular foul was going to draw the award that every one of their defenders stopped and waited for it to be given. Which allowed Danger Mouse to nip in there, get the ball, turn his man and whip over that killer cross.

I get a kick out of that. Out of the way in which Robertson’s evident desire not to give us anything of value was directly responsible for the goal which won the game. He must have been the talk of the Lodge on Sunday night for that shocker.

Don’t get me wrong, Collum isn’t much better but I won’t claim that my spirits raised even one bit by the news that he was out of the game.

The best thing Roache and Conroy can say about Robertson is that he let Lundstram stay on the pitch after his appalling tackle; that should not be a badge of honour. Not that I think Collum would have made a different choice.

But for the record, Lundstram deserved to walk for that and there are a few other challenges in the game, particularly the second half, where I thought their players were lucky to avoid bookings.

Lucky. In the same way that Ange is. Which is to say not.

This isn’t about luck. Some refs just don’t want to give anything against Ibrox.

They don’t deserve to get cup finals on the back of it.

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  • John S says:

    I agree, everyone knew it was a foul and were aghast when not given. Justice was nonetheless claimed by the discriminated. I heard Japanese refs are excellent.

  • mhiguel66 says:

    Robertson will probably be given the final, if only to make up for setting our goal up…

  • Mark B says:

    The referee was excellent on Sunday … he was Harley noticed. Always a good sign. Seems to me people will complain about anything.

    • Scouse bhoy says:

      Not doing your job and not applying the laws of the game means you wont be noticed. The bias of the ref and linesman came back to bite them big time.

  • Martin says:

    I don’t think he was particularly dreadful. He certainly wasn’t excellent though. Unfortunately every ref in Scotland gives the fouls against us where the ball arrives at our opponent who then falls forward under no contact from our players. Every. Single. Time.

    I actually think Collum would’ve at least booked Lundstram for that horrible challenge as he loves a card. He also loves stopping the game at every opportunity though and I fear that would’ve affected our play far more.

    I don’t care who gets the final, it’ll probably be Beaton.

  • Jason says:

    Spot on as always! Referees don’t even try to hide their bias

  • king murdy says:

    lundstrums assault on kyogo……nuff said….

  • Woodyiom says:

    “Don’t get me wrong, Collum isn’t much better but I won’t claim that my spirits raised even one bit by the news that he was out of the game.”

    Totally agree – my heart sank when they said he was out of the game and Robertson was in his place !! As bad as Collum is, he is usually equally bad for both teams – the key is not to give him a chance to brandish a card as will he card anything and everything when presented with an opportunity to do so. I knew Robertson would let the cluggers off with horrendous challenges and was proved correct inside one minute with Lundstrum’s ridiculous “tackle” which was worthy of a red never mind a yellow – t doesn’t matter if it’s the first minute of a derby or the last minute – a foul is a foul, a yellow is a yellow and a red is a red – DR is a another utterly useless referee who goes out of his way to hinder us and it backfired this time – karma is a bitch Don 🙂

    • Thomas black says:

      James did you forget that barasic should have walked also for simulation minutes after receiving his first yellow

  • S Thomas says:

    I didn’t think he had a bad game to be honest, us fans can see a lot of things from a magnifying glass.. were the officials don’t. They don’t have the luxury especially if the match is going at a million miles an hour. I think at times fans can be a tad fickle.. our rivals are saying they don’t want him near there games again, and some of our fans are saying the same. I liked what he said to Greg Taylor.. or was it O’riley “ If I gave a foul, yous guys wouldn’t have got your goal”. That was a decent way to put it. If he was doing anything untoward he would have pulled it back for a foul which he didn’t, so I’m happy enough with that. That was good refereeing that actually.

    • Scouse bhoy says:

      The ref and linesman both refused to give celtic a stonewall foul that is a fact even the newco players expected it. What would he have said if no goal was scored from the cross ?.the foul in the first minute was also a shocker and deserved a red card.

      • S Thomas says:

        If it was untoward var could have ruled the goal out.. and taken it back to have a free kick which they didn’t. They let the goal stand.. so no complaints from me there .

        • Johnny Farrell says:

          Absolute garbage! A VAR cannot disallow a goal because a decision, mistake or not, goes against the attacking team. If the ref plays on from a stonewall foul against an attacker and they score, then it stands, unless there is an off-side or another foul committed by the attacking side in the run-up to the goal. It was a deliberate decision by the referee, which the defending side knew was wrong. They went to sleep, expecting a free kick and got punished. Karma!

  • SSMPM says:

    Robertson doesn’t seem to enjoy a faster flowing version of the game but certainly does appear to like officiating in an old school manner particularly allowing the opposition roughing up our players.
    There was certainly a couple of really bad decisions, Lundstram was a booking minimal; nothing given and could have been a red.
    The one just outside their box by Ratboy on O’Riley was a foul not even considered as a foul by Robertson, though was so by all the rankers players that’s why they stopped; goal given but certainly not as a result of advantage played, simply bad refereeing.
    Tillman’s injury on himself just outside their box again was a foul on Taylor, leading to Tillman’s own game ending injury and the cheat that is Cantplaywell was telling the ref he should have booked Taylor, as he had clipped the back of Tillman’s leg as he got ball he didn’t get; Robertson insisted no foul but Tillman got the ball. Really?
    I believe it was Robertson who refused to send off the Alloa player when bawbag Ferguson sent them out on an assault mission cup game for the tackle that in effect ended Ideguchi’s career prospects as a Celtic player. He has a history of bad decisions and most other SPL club fans will testify to that too and not only against the rankers surprisingly enough; just in general.
    He has nothing though on Bobby Madden, by far newco’s best ever representative.

  • Johnno says:

    A cheating ref can set the tone of a game in the manner of how it can be played.
    Letting that lumpofshit off with the assault on kyogo in the 1st minute only sent a message for the rest of the scum players that kyogo was allowed to get the treatment handed out to him without repercussions either.
    It was also like intimation tactics to be applied upon our japanese players in particular.
    It wasn’t a surprise for the scum to try such an approach, especially in the knowledge that a useless bastard will let it go, as advantage towards the scum in which ever manner suits the scum best.
    Just delighted now how his approach cost the scum so dearly.
    Old saying cheats never prosper, the semi was a decent example of relevant that saying is towards hun scum

  • John Copeland says:

    Have you noticed too that the outstanding mouthpiece Neil Banfield ,has went all ‘silence is golden ‘ all of a sudden ? What is his job title again ? Oh yes , he’s the spit and polish guy for Mick Beale’s brogues ….

  • JimBhoy says:

    Haven’t noticed the moon howlers out saying the ref told O’Riley at the end of the game it probably should have been a free kick….. Replay Replay !!

    Get VAR to review the incident 2 days later. 🙂

  • Joseph Mcaleer says:

    Rangers team where sent on to the pitch with orders to kick Celtic players off the park ,and they did it with impunity.

  • Thomas black says:

    James did you forget that barasic should have walked also for simulation minutes after receiving his first yellow

  • Biffo67 says:

    Heard on Celtic Underground.
    “There was only one sevco supporter in Hampden who didn’t think it was a foul. Robertson!”
    It certainly wasn’t playing advantage since the only players near the ball were sevco.

  • Timbilly says:

    The only good decision he made was when he denied us the blatant free kick in the build up of play which led to our goal.
    It backfired spectacularly.

  • Dando says:

    Not red carding Barasic for diving (then complaining) after being yellow carded…..

    Nuff sed !!!!!!!!


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