As Celtic prepare for a tough SPFL home tie against Hearts tomorrow night at Celtic Park, the announcement of who will referee the match was met with the utmost derision by the Celtic fans.
Bobby Madden is reviled by the Celtic support for many reasons. Not only does he have an affinity for the team in blue, his past refereeing performances for Celtic have been nothing but disgraceful.
Popular twitter account Rhebel Rhebel pointed out three occasions where Madden missed, what can only be described as blatant assaults, on Celtic players.
He seemed to ‘miss’ Andy Halliday’s ankle high tackle from behind on Hoops captain Callum McGregor on the first day of this season. He also missed a two footed lunge by Kenny Miller in a Glasgow Derby a few seasons ago and the assault on Kieran Tierney against Aberdeen where the former Hoops left back lost a tooth.
So it is no surprise that the fans are not happy with this announcement and they were quick to let their feelings be heard:
That Miller incident was early in the game. Absolutely no idea how he got away with it. A text book sending off offence these days.
— Ray Devlin (@Ray_Devlin) November 30, 2021
It’s completely unacceptable.
— Still Sniggerin’ at SevcoFC (@007bhoy) November 30, 2021
Have we had a red card yet this season? If not …
— Danny 🏴✊🇮🇹 (@DannyLenaghan) November 30, 2021
They just happen to have brother Beaton in charge tonight for them aswell. Wonder how many dodgy decisions over the next 2 nights
— Kevin (@KevinGal9inarow) December 1, 2021
will a celtic player have a career ending injury before the board say anything to the sfa??
— hugh jassol (@hughjassol19) November 30, 2021
Madden should never referee a Celtic game of the team he supports. Has cheated Celtic on numerous occasions.
— Malahidebhoy (@malahidebhoy) November 30, 2021
All eyes will be on Madden come Thursday night and you can be sure if there are any decisions that are deemed as ‘honest mistakes’ the Celtic fans will let him know about them!