By Keith Hackett

25th Oct, 2021 | 7:00pm

Ex-Fifa referee: Carter-Vickers deserves punishment as Celtic footage analysed

Keith Hackett has insisted the referee was right to caution both Chris Kane and Cameron Carter-Vickers in St. Johnstone’s 2-0 loss to Celtic.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed Nick Walsh is on “top form” and his handling of the incident was “textbook”.

Kane kicked the ball at Carter-Vickers after he won the ball after a coming together between the two.

Tempers flared after the incident and it led to a “mass confrontation” between players from both sides.

Walsh dished out yellow cards to both Kane and Carter-Vickers.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Ange Postecoglou questioned why Carter-Vickers was cautioned.

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“I think this referee is in top form, I like his style, I like his motivation,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“He’s in quickly, he’s blown and he’s handled it very well. I think he’s right, a double yellow. It’s a bit of a mass confrontation. Well done to him.

“I keep saying it, and I know referees in Scotland get criticised, but I think he’s handled that absolutely to the textbook.

“He’s close at hand. I don’t think there’s been a kick out of malice. There’s a ball around.

“I’m supporting the double yellow, I’m supporting a good bit of refereeing with common sense.”

Carter-Vickers has now been cautioned in his last two Scottish Premiership games and has four yellow cards across all competitions for Celtic.

The eight-time United States international has now played 10 games across all competitions for the Hoops since his summer move from Tottenham.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed the Celtic board and fans are split over a ‘huge’ Rangers issue as a date is set for a showdown.