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‘Cheating this year is on a par with the EBT years’ ‘Well said Brendan’ ‘SFA has a meltdown’ fans backing Rodgers to the hilt

Brendan Rodgers has almost unanimous backing from Celtic fans as he prepares for a hearing over his Notice of Complaint from the SFA.

Despite being on the receiving end of some incredible ‘honest mistakes’ during his two spells in charge of Celtic the Irishman has barely said a word about officials despite the regular open goals he has been presented with.

This season alone Kyogo Furuhashi and Alistair Johnston have been the victims of thuggish attacks, while they have staggered off concussed their assailants have remained on the pitch.

In the most recent Glasgow Derby the losers and their media messengers were mobilised into a full on assault on Willie Collum, meanwhile Celtic were denied a clear penalty when James Tavernier chopped David Turnbull with the assistant wrongly flagging for offside. Barely a peep was heard in the compliant mainstream.

A week before the travesty at Tynecastle, Dan Casey of Motherwell raised his arm in the penalty box to deflect a shot from Yang yun-jun, Collum viewed it clearly but opted against following the Laws of the Game while his colleague on VAR enjoyed a comfort break.

The list is endless but with a concentration last week against Hearts Rodgers called things out while remaining diplomatic about the judgement of the VAR official from the Crown Bar in Bellshill. Many Celtic fans have far stronger comments on Beaton.

As well as the inconsistencies of Beaton and Robertson and their application of the Scottish Handball Rule (Goldson’s Law) a horse and carriage can be driven through the procedures of the SFA.

Yang’s appeal was rejected within 30 hours of the final whistle at Tynecastle while Rodgers waits 25 days before his hearing.

Other managers have made far more critical comments on match officials and the selective use of VAR without punishment while at Ibrox anything goes.

Nine weeks after the campaign against Collum was launched referee chief Crawford Allan praised Philippe Clement for saying that things would be done differently in future, another example of the separate treatment for clubs from Ibrox.

After missing out on the last six Glasgow Derbies Beaton was scheduled to take charge of the match at Ibrox on April 7, after the events of the last six days even the SFA will be having doubts about the wisdom of seeing that move through.

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