Crawford Allan and the difference between Willie Collum and Don Robertson

Don Robertson to officiate our game at Livingston, just three days after Brendan’s disciplinary. You couldn’t make it up. Now watch Beaton get the Glasgow Derby clash at Ibrox!

Don Robertson has been confirmed as the match official for our next league outing at Livingston on Sunday, just a few weeks after his shocking double act with John Beaton helped theRangers maintain the status quo in the league table having lost the previous day against Motherwell.

Crawford Allan

Crawford Allan has had no hesitation in throwing Robertson back into action for an away Celtic match. Compare and contract with Willie Collum who has not been given a Scottish Premiership match involving theRangers this year after his VAR handball call in the Glasgow Derby on 30 December, you remember the incident, it was OFFSIDE!

This will be Robertson’s first game in any capacity since the controversy that surrounded a couple of incidents in our defeat at Tynecastle earlier this month.

Willie Collum

Referee Willie Collum consults VAR before awarding Rangers a penalty during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Kilmarnock FC at on March 04, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Incidentally it also comes just days after Brendan Rodgers disciplinary meeting with the beaks at Hampden, for comments he made in the aftermath of that very same game in Gorgie. No charges were ever brought against Philippe Clement or anyone else at Rangers for the recent attack on Collum or indeed previous ones on the same official and also Kevin Clancy, an we all know the common denominator there.

You couldn’t make it up, or maybe we shouldn’t be that surprised by anything that the shambolic Scottish FA do.

John Beaton

Referee John Beaton Photo Malcolm Mackenzie PSI

What next? Beaton confirmed to officiate the Glasgow Derby? I wouldn’t rule it out. In fact I’d be willing to put money on it. It just confirms how much we are treated differently from the club that play out of Ibrox.

Tonight Scotland play Northern Ireland. The referee is from England. He’s got no particular interest in either team winning or losing.  That’s the way it should be but not in Scottish domestic football where uniquely known supporters of a team – he even drinks in a supporters bar – can referee his team against their rivals.

The uproar over Willie Collum a few years back was after he sent off the wrong theRangers player in a game they had already won. He wasn’t allowed near a theRangers game for a long, long time due to the club’s very public criticism of the whistler, which had hints within it of his background, a disgraceful nod to bigotry.

A Rangers pub in Bellshill

Recently on a Graeme Spiers podcast a journalist drew a comparison between John Beaton being filmed celebrating a theRangers victory over Celtic in a match that he had refereed, in a theRangers pub in Bellshill with footage of Willie Collum making a reading at his church. Only in Scotland.

Even this time around after the new club heavily criticised Collum due to his correct VAR call in the last Glasgow Derby game (admittedly for the wrong reasons), he’s only been involved in one game involving theRangers. Which was of course a straightforward home tie against championship side Ayr United in the Scottish Cup.

Give him the Ayr game

Hands were no doubt shaken on that one. We’ll give him the Ayr game to shut up the conspiracy theorists and then you won’t see him again. The last time Collum got no theRangers games from end December until the last game of the season when nothing was at stake.  Watch out for that happening again.

Yet in contrast Don Robertson is handed one of our most crucial games of the campaign, a game which could prove vital in the title outcome. It does make you wonder…

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