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Misinterpreting me- Spiers goes down a rabbit hole as he drags True Blue Kenny Macintyre into Ibrox penalty scandal

Graham Spiers has been batting against a tide of criticism after belatedly highlighting Richard Gordon’s Press & Journal column that highlighted a 68 match run without a penalty being awarded against the Ibrox Tribute Act.

That run has since risen to 70, over the same time period in 19 UEFA matches four penalties have been awarded against the company.

Rather than deal with the issue Spiers decided to highlight the fact that it had been written by a BBC Scotland presenter.

That brought accusations of deflection, it is a valid issue but very much secondary to the chronic fear of Scottish referees and VAR officials over applying the Laws of the Game in matches involving the cash strapped Tribute Act.

Over a period of almost 23 months there has been many valid penalty claims made, in turn Alan Muir, John Beaton, Don Robertson, Nick Walsh and Willie Collum have looked the other way with Andrew Dallas on back-up in case any of the referees decide to award a penalty.

Every club in the SPFL has suffered, at the same time it seems that shirt pulling is viewed in two very different ways depending on what colour of shirt is being worn.

Losing the argument Spiers grabbed at the suggestion that Kenny Macintyre would never suggest a bias in favour of Celtic. Absolutely desperate stuff.

Firstly Macintyre would never be offered a column in any commercial operation, his entire career has been spent inside BBC Scotland following in the footsteps of his Daddy.

If there were any statistics out there to show bias against Celtic True Blue Kenny would be all over it with the enthusiasm that he interviewed Neil Lennon during the lockdown season. Living the dream of every Billy Boy and sharing his glee on the Group Chats with Alasdair Lamont, Jane Lewis, Neil McCann, Steven Thompson and Kenny Miller.

Unfortunately there are no such stats other than Celtic winning 17 of the last 21 domestic trophies for being the best team in the country by some distance.

During that run the Ibrox Tribute Act has lost cup ties to St Mirren, St Johnstone, Hearts and Aberdeen as well as to the club that has been SPFL champions in 11 of the last 12 years.

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