Celtic controversy takes 'dangerous' twist after latest - Hackett

By Keith Hackett

14th Dec, 2021 | 5:30pm

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Keith Hackett has suggested referee chief Crawford Allan was wrong to discuss specific Celtic controversies in the media last week.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict as Celtic are set to complain to the SFA about Allan’s comments.

The Daily Mail reported at the weekend (11 December) the Glasgow giants have been in contact with the SFA to express their unhappiness with Allan’s interview with the BBC.

The referee’s chief told the Sportsound programme earlier this month (4 December) Kyogo Furuhashi’s goal against Hearts was “probably” offside.

He also admitted Bobby Madden made a mistake after stopping play when Jota pulled up injured and then failed to give the ball back to Hearts.

“First of all, it’s refreshing that a manager of the referees will effectively come out and attempt to explain the rationale behind decisions,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“But there is always a danger because what you want to do is not talk about an individual player as such. That is a discussion the referee manager can have with that club if they had concerns.

“In those situations, you’re far better being off being generic. You’re far better off avoiding talking about clubs and managers specifically and turning it into a generic.

“Or just saying ‘From our position, we’ve had a look but we hope with the introduction of VAR there will be more accurate decision making. We will be better at detecting incidents of this type’.

“Effectively, without the equipment that VAR provides you are in dangerous territory when you start talking about offsides.”

In other news, Celtic could be out of the title race by January after another ‘massive blow’.