Ref McDonald focuses on Old Firm

25 February 2010 12:46
A row broke out between the Scottish Football Association and Celtic on Wednesday night after a Parkhead source flagged up concerns about match officials, fuelled by frustration about major decisions which the Hoops believe have gone against them this season -including in the last two games against Rangers.[LNB]SFA president George Peat hit back, questioning the courage of the unknown Celtic source, but there is little doubt that the pressure has increased on 44-year-old McDonald.[LNB]Tony Mowbray's side are seven points behind Rangers at the top of the SPL having played a game more.[LNB]McDonald, in Spain for a referees' winter training camp, told "You are aware that it is the biggest game in the country and that one team is always trying to catch the other.[LNB]"The television coverage is much greater but you have the added aspect of phone-ins, websites and other media outlets.[LNB]"It is a constant feeding frenzy but, as Ally McCoist said recently, the actual refereeing and decision making hasn't changed that much, it is the exposure that is far greater.[LNB]"The important thing for all referees is not to take the criticism to heart.[LNB]"That was a theme of the training camp.[LNB]"It is always important to reflect on your performances and be mindful of the extra scrutiny on televised matches.[LNB]"You would be a fool not to learn from all experiences, whether good or bad."[LNB][LNB][LNB]

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