Andrew Dallas has long been heralded as the future of Scottish refereeing – mainly because his dad Hugh was a quality official – but after his performance during the 5-5 draw between Rangers and Hibs, the Gers should be asking questions of the Scottish FA about the ability of their officials.
Dallas had both sets of fans up in arms with a series of bizarre decisions and inexplicably failed to send Hibs midfielder Scott Allan off for a horrendous challenge on Jordan Rossiter then somehow failed to spot Paul Hanlon handling the ball in the box.
Then there is the penalty that he did give; David Bates put himself in a silly position but if that is going to be given as a penalty then games could end up with 15-12 scorelines.
Nobody is suggesting that Dallas is anti-Rangers or pro-someone else but simply that he – like many other Scottish officials – isn’t up the standard expected at the top level of the game in Scotland.
Games up and down the country are regularly being affected by embarrassing decisions made by “elite” officials and it surely can’t be allowed to continue much longer.
There’s never going to be a scenario where officials are expected to get 100% of decisions right but getting the big ones would be a massive step in the right direction for everyone.