As reported by The Daily Record, a former Celtic defender has weighed into the debate surrounding referees and Celtic, claiming that referees don’t have it in for the Hoops specifically.
Having made close to 200 appearances for Celtic and spending years at the club coaching as an assistant to Neil Lennon, Johan Mjallby has seen a few bad decisions go against him in his time in Scotland with the Hoops.
However, when asked if refs have it in for the club, he reckoned that’s just part of football and not evidence that referees are out to get Celtic because of any sort of bias.
As quoted by The Daily Record, Mjallby said:
This time he went against Celtic, but if you look through at all the games – down in England at the weekend you can probably see a few penalties that shouldn’t have been given either. It is part and parcel of the game and I don’t think you should spend too much energy on it. It has never been a problem for me as a player or when I was assistant manager at Celtic.
Celtic fans were left raging on Sunday after referee Don Robertson awarded a last minute penalty to Ross County that was converted to salvage a point for the Staggies. It was undoubtedly a dreadful decision but as Mjallby points out, there’s been a lot of those around Europe this week.
What’s sure though is that all eyes will be on the man in the middle on Sunday when the Bhoys face Rangers at Hampden in a huge Scottish Cup semi-final. We reckon there could be a few contentious decisions in that one that are sure to get tongues wagging.