The Celtic fans were celebrating in the Transfer Tavern on Saturday evening after breaking their own British record of 62 matches undefeated.
Celtic travelled to St Johnstone knowing that they only needed to avoid defeat to break a 100-year-old record in British football. The Scottish champions made light work of their opponents and comfortably strolled to a 0-4 victory at McDiarmid Park to extend their unbeaten run to 63 matches.
St Johnstone’s Paul Paton was rather fortunate to remain on the field during the SPFL clash following an incident with Celtic captain Scott Brown. Paton appeared to strike Brown with an elbow during his sides 0-4 defeat, but only received a yellow card from referee Bobby Madden.
Paton has managed to escape retrospective action because of Madden’s decision to book him during the match.
Former Celtic forward Chris Sutton clearly expressed his disbelief at the current footballing legalisation by claiming ‘it’s Christmas all year-round’ in response to the news on Twitter.
It’s Christmas all year round…. https://t.co/MGa2QLZq9S
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) November 6, 2017
Although Sutton has emotional ties towards Celtic, his comments should not be disregarded as emotive frustration.
Sutton has eluded to a valid debate in the footballing world concerning the current laws surrounding retrospective action.
Now that we have the benefit of technology to review decisions, it seems backwards to allow malicious behaviour to go unpunished in retrospect simply because of a misinterpretation from the referee.
As long as the laws remain unchanged, plenty of players will continue to experience Christmas all year round…