Rangers’ Robertson says Scottish referees need to fix the system

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 10: The referee leads the teams out prior to the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Heart of Midlothian and Auchinleck Talbot at Tynecastle Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 10: The referee leads the teams out prior to the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Heart of Midlothian and Auchinleck Talbot at Tynecastle Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

According to the club’s managing director, the current way the officials work in the Scottish Premier League is not working.

This 2018-2019 season there has been a lot of discontent against the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup referees.

And according to Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson, the current working system doesn’t work.

“This season it certainly feels like [games are being re-refereed],” Robertson was quoted by BBC.

“If you go back to last season and previous seasons, it seemed to be only incidents of violent conduct or off-the-ball incidents the referees didn’t see that would be reconsidered.”

“What we are now getting ourselves into is a situation where many more incidents are being looked at and we are effectively re-refereeing the game and that is placing intolerable pressure on the referees which places pressure on the compliance system and disciplinary system,” he added.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 08: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers shoots at goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on March 08, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard wants to motivate his players

Rangers were kicked out after losing against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Quarterfinals and will only focus now on the league.

“Clare came in at the start of the season and there’s no doubt things have been dealt with differently this year.”

“There is much more inconsistency, it definitely feels we are re-refereeing games. It also feels as though the incidents that are highlighted at the weekend are the incidents that are picked up by the compliance officer on a Monday,” he explained.

“I’ve heard the expression ‘trial by TV’ or ‘trial by Sportscene’ and that certainly seems the way it’s going.”

“We could go back to the interpretation of the rules we had last season, where it was violent conduct and off-the-ball incidents in-essence that were being re-reviewed,” he added.

“That way, you are not going back to every incident and re-refereeing and examining it in minute detail.”