Celtic strolled to an – eventually – comfortable victory over Kilmarnock at Parkhead on Sunday made a whole lot easier following the 56th minute dismissal of Alan Power after a challenge on Jeremie Frimpong.
Power was the man responsible for Frimpong missing the last few weeks of football after a reckless tackle left the Dutch under-21 international requiring to be stretchered off in the last meeting between the two sides, the Killie midfielder lucky to escape a red card.
In a rare moment of good officiating in Scottish football, Kevin Clancy took action as Power – on a yellow card – clattered into the youngster and gave him his marching orders, an example more referees should follow in the Premiership.
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Celtic fans were glad to see the whistler take action and took to Twitter to question just what Power’s problem is with Frimpong.
Again? Guy has no skill, nothing but an animal.
— Free Rogic. (@celticforever8) February 23, 2020
— Danny (@DannyCFC1967) February 23, 2020
defo fancies frimpong , he injuried him at rugby park and tried to do it here
— Ben🏴 (@BenTheFenian) February 23, 2020
Is it personal? He did this at rugby park aswell
— Chris Paton (@cbaws23) February 23, 2020
Just this guy just hate frimpong or something
— Michael (@michaelomeara67) February 23, 2020
He mustn’t like frimpong
— Paddy bhoy (@PatQuin22110556) February 23, 2020
Scottish football is in the midst of a serious problem with both officiating and the SFA judicial process, until there is at least full-time professional referees, the likes of Power will continue to get away with an over zealous physical approach which continues to hold the game back north of the border.