By Keith Hackett

20th Sep, 2022 | 7:00am

Ex-Premier League referee on SFA punishment for Celtic as controversial image emerges

The Scottish FA may not punish Celtic after their fans disrupted a minute’s applause ahead of their 2-0 loss to St Mirren on Sunday (18 September), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee admitted the SFA will be “disappointed” but supporters have a right to protest.

Fans and players came together in Paisley in applause to celebrate the life of Queen Elizabeth II ahead of her funeral on Monday (19 September).

Celtic fans unveiled a banner saying ‘If you hate the Royal Family, clap your hands’ and sang a song with the same words.

BBC Sport’s Chris McLaughlin reported earlier this week (15 September) that Uefa had opened proceedings against the club after an offensive banner was unveiled ahead of their 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk.

But Hackett has questioned whether the SFA will do the same.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I think the Scottish FA will be disappointed because it doesn’t, for them, project the right image of the game.

“I think that people have the right to protest. It’s a difficult one of the Scottish FA to actually deal with because ultimately, people do have the right to take a view.

“I think it’s a pity. Up and down the country, the way that football has dealt with it, it’s been amazing.”

Despite the defeat at St Mirren, Celtic have gone into the international break top of the Scottish Premiership.

They are two points clear of Rangers after the opening seven games.

In other news, Frank McAvennie has lambasted “stupid” Celtic fans after the BBC’s investigation update.