Ex-Premier League referee: MacKay set for 'SFA call' after controversial Celtic claim
Malky MacKay should “expect a call” from the SFA after he claimed the referee was playing until Celtic scored their winning goal in their 2-1 victory over Ross County on Wednesday (15 December).
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about MacKay’s post-match comments that “question the integrity of the referee”.
The Ross County boss told Sportsound, via the Daily Record, that the added time felt “as if we were playing until they scored”.
He added the seven minutes of added time was one of a “number of interesting decisions” made by Alan Muir.
Anthony Ralston’s headed winner came in the 97th-minute and was essentially the last action of the game.
“The first part is that the referee’s responsibility is to act as the timekeeper,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“He keeps a record of the match and provides appropriate details of the match to the authorities.
“He’s the timekeeper, he’s added on the time. What clubs have to understand is ok, you put seven minutes up, that does not mean that on the sixth minute you finish, you can have added time in added time. That’s what has happened here.
“His [MacKay’s] comments, he can expect a call from the SFA. He is questioning the integrity of the referee.”
The win means Celtic continued their run of six consecutive Scottish Premiership wins.
It leaves Ross County second from bottom going into their weekend clash with Livingston.