Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic was ‘put at risk’ by referee Don Robertson in Saturday’s victory over Ross County, John McGinley has claimed.
The Hoops won 4-0 at Parkhead to move six points clear at the top of the Premiership, but the Australian’s injury may somewhat tarnish the win. Rogic was forced off around 10 minutes before half-time, with Matt O’Riley replacing him.
The 30-year-old was on the end of what one Sky Sports journalist called a ‘two-footed lunge’ from Ross County’s Kayne Ramsay, who was subsequently sent off, and McGinley felt that Ramsay had been fortunate to escape a booking about five minutes earlier for a tackle on Daizen Maeda.
Celtic writer and podcaster McGinley took to Twitter to call out Ramsay’s challenge on Rogic, accusing Robertson of failing to adequately protect the Hoops midfielder.
McGinley fumed: “Kayne Ramsay gets a straight red card with a wild tackle moments after he didn’t get a yellow for another heavy tackle. Tom Rogic put at risk by the referee.”
Ange Postecoglou has previously aired public grievances with Robertson. Following a Scottish Cup game against Alloa Athletic in January, he complained that the referee was failing to properly punish ‘reckless’ challenges which were endangering the safety of his players.
It’s fair to say that the 35-year-old’s appointment for any further Celtic fixtures may prove to be unpopular with supporters.
As for Rogic, he ha already had one spell on the sidelines this season (he missed seven matches following a hamstring injury in the autumn), and he may now be fearing another lengthy layoff.
It would certainly be a blow to the Hoops to lose their joint-top assists provider for any significant period of time, and it would be all the more galling if it comes about from being the victim of a dangerous challenge.
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