Rangers have a mighty task ahead of them if they were to overcome Celtic at Hampden on Sunday and some supporters of the Light Blues feel that task is now getting more and more difficult due to the significant spotlight being placed on officials in charge of the semi-final.
Willie Collum will lead a six man refereeing team as Pedro Caixinha’s side go head-to-head with Brendan Rodgers’. It’s fair to say that in the wake of some poor decisions in the Scottish Premiership last weekend that a close eye will be kept on his performance.
Former Celtic manager is the latest personality to weigh into the discussion and he’s called for sensible refereeing in the match-up, something he feels he didn’t get in a Scottish Cup semi-final two years ago as he chased a domestic treble of his own.
Speaking exclusively to The Daily Record, Deila said:
It’s important the best team wins on Sunday and that the game is not decided by a decision of a referee. The fact we did not get that treble in my first season is killing me, still. That referee’s non-decision in the semi-final when the ball is punched off the line and then we get a red card and lose, it still hurts me now. Would I still be there if we had won that treble? Yes, I think so.
It’s a bold claim. Josh Meekings’ handball in that game between the Hoops and Inverness Caledonian Thistle was certainly contentious to say the least.
Rangers fans are having none of it though and they believe it’s all a ploy to pile the pressure on Willie Collum and his colleagues, in order to give the Hoops an advantage.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on it all…
— Mark Mitchell (@MarkM1806) April 19, 2017
@Record_Sport Ex manager, ex players all putting pressure on refs. Same old, same old ????????????
— maverick (@maverickMMI) April 19, 2017
@Record_Sport Its almost as if Intimidation FC are bricking it for Sunday. After all they have everything to lose.
— GersMan ????⚪???? (@GersMan54) April 19, 2017
@Record_Sport Have You printed the Front page of the 'celtic View' victim edition, by mistake ?
— Al☠ Bear (@AlBearfaced) April 20, 2017
@Record_Sport bad days when the papers, press ex players and managers try to scare refs in to not being able to give us a big decision????
— Chris Forbes (@forbesy98) April 19, 2017
@Record_Sport And again starts the Celtic media campaign to pressure the refs. Very predictable tactic used time and time again by them.
— GloriousGuru (@Gar840M) April 20, 2017