Craig Thomson. Just who we didn't want to referee.

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Craig Thomson. Just who we didn't want to referee.

Postby Joe O'Rourke » Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:24 pm

I’m not really a betting man, but I would have bet my house that the referee for the upcoming semi-final would have been Craig Thomson. This guy is a serial offender when it comes to dodgy decisions against Celtic.

There is always an air of despondency when we discover Thomson is refereeing one of our matches, we normally fail to finish the match with eleven players, and that is normally as the result of a penalty kick against us, a double whammy.

Given the fact that Sevco have probably received more penalties this season than any other football team in the world, it looks like we will probably be the latest victim. I think the only reason they never got one against us last season was because they never actually got anywhere near our penalty box.

It is interesting that this week in the English Premier league there has been some controversy over some official’s allegiance to particular football teams. Can you imagine that happening in Scotland? That all the officials had to declare what team they supported; we would be very lucky to be able to get four officials to handle our games.

The media frenzy since Sevco achieved the feat of reaching the Premier league for the first time and eventually won the Petrofac Cup has been astonishing; even by the media’s standards. Getting quotes from all over Europe was probably a first; can’t remember them doing that last year when Hearts came up; then again; Hearts had been in the big league before.

Since Rangers were liquidated in 2012 most of Scottish Football has thrived. Most of the teams in the top division have increased their attendances. St Johnstone, Inverness, and Ross County won their first major trophies. Aberdeen won their first major trophy for nineteen years; and still has a slight chance of winning the league this season.

All the doom and gloom was spread by Regan and his gang at the SFA; they are still doing the same to this day. I honestly thought he would have been a breath of fresh air for Scottish Football; but he has failed miserably; and should have stood down from his position.

He has officiated over the European Licence debacle; and over the scandal of the Tax Avoidance/Evasion Scheme; it would appear that there was a lot of negotiations being done behind closed doors; and on his watch.

I know Peter Lawwell has asked questions of both the SFA and UEFA; I have seen the correspondences. Someone is not telling the truth; who that is; is yet to be established; and when it is; then that person or persons will be finished in football for ever.

I think one thing is certain now that Sevco have reached the top division in Scotland; things will get worse. There has already been a threat of boycotts of the other teams in the SPL; that was emphasised again this week by Watty Smith. There are threats and intimidation of anyone who speaks out against them. I for one will be happy if I don’t see them within Celtic Park again. I would gladly support Celtic saying we won’t be letting you in to Celtic Park; and we won’t be handling tickets for your place.

We have five games left to clinch the SPL Title; now is the time to stand together and get behind the team to make sure we achieve Five in a Row. Add another two games and the double will be won.

One more thing to stress. There will be a big Police presence in and around Hampden on Sunday. Please be very careful and stay safe. I have it on good authority that last Sunday in and around Hampden was like a certain night in Manchester a few years ago.

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Re: Craig Thomson. Just who we didn't want to referee.

Postby Kiwibhoy » Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:41 pm

So what went wrong on Sunday?

The fan comment I have been following on [I:d83aa5f1]The Scotsman[/I:d83aa5f1], which as an Edinburgh newspaper doesn't exactly have to take sides, reckons that the Rangers team turned up with a point to prove. Now, one may go on about the Rangers fans, owners and history; but the playing team itself is a separate entity, and they wanted to win - and more then Celtic did?

Ranger and Celtic only got to where they have got because of that strong local rivalry - and the absence of these games over the last few years has not been to Celtic's advantage.

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Re: Craig Thomson. Just who we didn't want to referee.

Postby Joe O'Rourke » Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:44 pm

Your absolutely right. They wanted it more than most of our players. Another worry for me was the fitness level of our team, most of our team were out on the feet before the extra time. On a personal point, I detest everything about Sevco, I never again want to be in the same stadium as them, I might suffer them at Celtic Park, although I would rather not, but I don't think I will be back to the dump that is Hampden again, and I certainly won't be visiting the Bigotdome.



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