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“That might be my paranoia setting in” – Treble legend manager believes Celtic were victims of ‘ridiculous decisions’ in his day

I don’t care what anyone says. Poor refereeing, bias refereeing or corrupt refereeing, however you want to put it, has been engrained in Celtic’s history for decades.

Countless managers from Jock Stein, Billy McNeill and David Hay are all on record as believing that there were some Scottish refs that actively were biased against our club.

So are they all paranoid? All of them?

Better add Martin O’Neill to that list as well then.

Although O’Neill didn’t go as far to say that the refs were bias in his time as Celtic manager, he certainly didn’t hold back what he really thought when asked if he felt they were against his side in the early 2000’s.

Speaking on The Record Celtic podcast, O’Neill said, “We definitely felt that. People used to say it was paranoia but I just felt there were a number of decisions that we are weren’t given against us.

“It’s funny, from a distance I actually think Celtic have had better decisions in recent years than way back. That might be my paranoia setting in.

There were some ridiculous decisions at the time. When the league is so close they can be so decisive. Even in the Motherwell game when Rangers pipped us to the title.

“Motherwell should have had a player sent off inside the first 15 or 20 minutes for a second bookable offence.

It didn’t happen, but anyway, I don’t think about it that often, only ever three days!”

So, like I asked. Are all these Celtic managers paranoid? All of them winners in their days. All of them professionals and all of them not Celtic fans when in charge of the club.

Makes you wonder, right?

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