A Rutherglen taxi driver has put outspoken ex-Celtic star John Hartson back in his place after the Welshman launched a refereeing tirade following the Scottish Cup defeat to Rangers.
Ever since Rangers dumped their greetin’ faced rivals 2-1 at Hampden all we’ve heard is bleating and moaning regarding referees and in particular Bobby Madden.
The whistler didn’t have his greatest game in the cup semi but he failed to make several big calls against both sides and this is something Celtic fans are refusing to accept.
Whether it was Callum McGregor somehow escaping a red card, or Daizen Maeda being allowed to play on despite being three yards offside, these are just two of a multitude of poor calls on the day.
But because Celtic were well-beaten by Rangers the likes of John Hartson and Chris Sutton have been out heaping the pressure on the referees as fans lap up their salty tears.
However, there is a sinister edge to all of this and Hartson risked the ire of taxi driver Jim who would call up the GO Radio football show to put the forward in his place.
Rangers fan taxi driver puts ex-Celtic star John Hartson in his place
John Hartson had previously claimed that following the introduction of VAR, those operating the technology in Scotland should be brought up from London due to potential club allegiances.
To anyone with insight into Scottish football, this is a clear nod to Bobby Madden apparently being a Rangers fan and so many Celtic supporters moaning about it on social media.
“VAR has to come in because it will help the referees,” said Hartson [GO Radio [19/04/22].
“As long as we get the right people sitting behind the VAR. Maybe people that come up from London, who have not got any allegiances to any football clubs in Scotland.
“Because otherwise you’re going to have the same problems. You’re going to get decisions and people will be making all sorts of things up – ‘who does this guy support, where do his loyalties lie?’”
Taxi driver and Rangers fan Jim would then brand John Hartson “pathetic” as he called up the phone-in and showed Hartson up for heaping pressure on referees in Scotland.
“I nearly crashed my taxi there man, with your comments about referees and their allegiances, how can you come away with that John?” said Jim.
After being interrupted by Hartson, who asked if he watched the game, Jim said, “So are you saying Bobby Madden let fouls go because he’s a Rangers man?
“Answer the question. Absolutely pathetic comment coming from a professional football player. Bobby Madden didn’t have a good game at the weekend but he was bad both ways.
“Your comments at the start of the show is sadly what is wrong with Scottish football and the pressure that is put on referees.
“Celtic rolled out every apologist under the sun since Sunday and you’ve been another one. Your comments since the start of this show are not helping the issue one bit.
“Utter nonsense. Absolutely pathetic comment John.”
Listen to the whole excerpt above but we’ve got to give it to Jim for putting John Hartson in his place here.
The sour anti-referee Rangers conspiracy nonsense is a blight on the game north of the border and John Hartson should be embarrassed he’s not only party to it, but actively peddling it.
Meanwhile, an ex-Rangers star who has made no bones about his desire to one day return has been linked with a team of Premiership rivals.