Give a little Whistle
I had never understood why the club weren’t more vocal in general and sometimes screaming to the heavens about the man with the whistle. I see bias mixed with incompetence year in year out with nothing done about it .
Now perhaps fixing the ref’s falls below fixing the entire football set up in which case I cant and wont complain on that issue. Should fixing the game fail as seems likely then the PLC should still endeavour to bring the referring standard up to date though.
Im sure there are many opinions on how to solve the issue at hand and I will look at a couple .
1,,Outsource new refs,,,,We seen it done before after Lenny was lied to and they did a fine job. This should also remove any claims of bias and raise the bar for any return to naturalized refs.
Its not without its issues though. Brexit makes them foreigners not fellow Europeans but that could be got around with a bit of willpower . Payments will probably be higher than they are now , possibly substantially should accommodation , meals and flights be involved .
However in taking the action of outsourcing whistlers the SFA would be admitting they have failed and their own ref’s aren’t good enough, despite the fact they could be used in the first division with foreign refs reserved for the top league only . I can’t see them endorsing a path that would make them look bad can you ? So it would take a brand new set up to back this, thats a no then .
2,,,Call them out publicly and push the issue .,,, Last time it resulted in a strike but we got better ref’s and spoke up so we held the moral high ground . I think many fans would like a bit of speaking up but its how and where it takes place that may divide or unite .
The SMSM,, ain’t gonna happen as they cant / wont alienate their biggest sporting customer base , blue’s fans. They claim the media are against them but still buy it. Should Celtic speak against the ref’s somehow it would get turned into Bhoys versus the rest not the desire for a better game which hopefully would be driving the endeavour .
The MSM,,,We did see some interest initially from AT but that either waned or he was pushed away . For an industry that is dying on its feet one would imagine an initiative that would bring in readers would be welcomed . Lets say a journalist publishes his “ Ref Watch “ report on a Monday, he could be reasonably sure some Celtic fans would opt for the publication based on that content. A win win for everyone . But this is the real world .
No mainstream media is gonna touch it. Even if they wanted to , like that ad Cqn tried to place in a broadsheet down south that got mysteriously pulled due to pressure from above and ended up being printed in Geneva I believe , it wont clear the hurdles involved. Tentacles ( and probably Pentacles as well ffs ) reach far in this case unfortunately. .
The club could easily broadcast ref mistakes on its own channel but that would only ramp up the animosity. So would the players or manager speaking out , and result in fines or suspensions.
And then Dallas snr gets a gig at UEFA headquarters choosing the refs for the western half of Europe when necessary . How to eff did that happen with his background ?Again last week Collum got a scathing review for his Euro performance so lets see if he is picked this round of games ? Whats that ,,,one of 6 SCots involved with Monaco vs Athletico . Any complaints are brushed aside.
Perhaps you have the answer because I certainly dont. I understand the position the club are in , speak up to who ? And do what when it gets ignored ?
Lets face it,,the Euro refs have a guardian angel and the domestic refs have the SFA and a video replay system to “ fix “ anything that needs it .
Games a bogey.