Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon says SFA panel must be transparent about disciplinary decisions

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon says SFA panel must be transparent about disciplinary decisions

Craig Gordon fears that a "clouded" SFA disciplinary system will cause people to question the loyalty of decision makers.

The Celtic Goalkeeper believes that lack of transparency, coupled with a series of contentious decisions, has undermined belief in the system.

As part of the new SFA review process, a group of three unnamed former referees sees incidents in retrospect. Already this season, Alfredo Morelos has flipped a red card, Kilmarnock's Gary Dicker and Aberdeen's Mikey Devlin failed with appeals against controversial layoffs and there was no action against Rangers goalie Allan McGregor for a kick at Celtic's Kristoffer Ajer.

Craig Gordon believes that a series of contentious decisions have undermined belief in the system

Craig Gordon believes that a series of contentious decisions have undermined belief in the system

Craig Gordon believes that a series of contentious decisions have undermined belief in the system

Concerned that the anonymity of the former referees might jeopardize their "loyalty," Gordon said, "It seems like a rather murky topic to come to the decisions, and as far as I know, it's up to three referees and one You do not know who they are, it's a weird system, you never know who the referees are or what their loyalty might be.

"I just think that's probably not the best way.

"I'm not saying that I have the answers, but if you have the incidents that happen on the pitch, if the referee misses them, then that system must exist, there should be retrospective action, and you should do it right. There is confusion about new policies that were reportedly introduced to reduce the number of red cards.

The rules of the International Football Association state that dismissals for violent behavior should be the result of "excessive force" or "brutality".

However, the definition of "excessive force" or "brutality" may vary from country to country, and the SFAs are reportedly trying to pinpoint exactly where the line should be drawn.

Rangers goalie Allan McGregor escaped sanction for the targeted kick on Celtic's Kristoffer Ajer

Rangers goalie Allan McGregor escaped sanction for the targeted kick on Celtic's Kristoffer Ajer

Rangers goalie Allan McGregor escaped sanction for the targeted kick on Celtic's Kristoffer Ajer

Rangers striker Morelos had thrown back a red card because of an appeal after defeating Aberdeen's Scott McKenna.

Gordon did not argue that loyalty influenced the decisions, but hinted that a lack of transparency about the identity of those who make them could lead people to believe that the decisions in favor of McGregor and Morelos looked like that.

"We do not know who the panel is, so it's hard to know either way," he said.

"It looks like there is this possibility and that should not be the case.

"We just have to know exactly what's going on, what violent behavior is and what is not, then everyone sticks to those laws and we keep going.

"It has happened now, that's the decision and we're moving on, he (McGregor) can play free in the next game, but for the Rangers they have more than two great goalkeepers, whoever plays in the first team has a great goalkeeper ,

"So I do not think that's important for points or the league, it's just about making decisions right." Gordon insists he will not throw the toys out of the car if McGregor remains Scotland's goalkeeper during the Nations League qualifiers.

The Celtic goalkeeper played in a friendly against Belgium 4-0, while his rival Rangers in a 2-0 victory against Albania.

"That could have been the case this time, but we'll have two more games next time," Gordon said.

"Next time it could be the other way around, I do not know what the manager thinks, it's something you need to ask him.

"I want to play as many as I can, I want to play everyone if I could, but that's the manager's decision.

"I have to play as well as possible for Celtic, I have to train well with Scotland – I was happy as I trained this time – then it's up to the manager he chooses, that's all I can do, Celtic Goalkeeping coach Stevie Woods played a key role in talks with Alex McLeish about his choice of goalkeeper.

Michael Gordon added, "It was just the opposite when Jim Stewart had previously played at Rangers with Allan and I played for Scotland." These things happen.

"Goalkeepers know the situation, only one will play.

"We respect ourselves and our abilities.

"There is no problem between us and Woodsy has enjoyed the coaching with us all."

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