All the talk before this weekend was of the Referees’ strike action, foreign referees being drafted in to cover our games, and then some turning their back and supporting their Scottish counterparts after learning the truth of the strike action. And then the news of Hugh Dallas’ sacking, it all overshadowed this weekend’s matches and brought the world’s attentions to Scottish Football for all the wrong reasons. There were no lower league games because of the strike and not content with that, Jack Frost had to rear his ugly head into the equation, which put paid to two SPL games, the ALBA League Challenge Cup and a Scottish Cup replay. Who said Scottish Football was boring and predictable?
Celtic missed the chance to return to the top of the SPL as they let a two goal lead slip against Inverness Caley and had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Parkhead. Ki Sung-Yueng gave Neil Lennon’s side a half time lead before a superb Paddy McCourt solo effort gave Celtic a 2-0 lead. However the Celtic defence continue to be the curse of the Parkhead side as Inverness fought back first through Richie Foran who pounced on a blunder at the back by Thomas Rogne and then Grant Munro headed in a late equaliser.
Kilmarnock were the only side to win at the weekend at the expense of struggling Aberdeen, as they ran out 2-0 winners to Rugby Park. Connor Sammon opened the scoring for the Ayrshire side and Jamie Hamill secured all three points from the penalty spot after Jamie Langfield was judged to have brought down Killie playmaker Alexei Eremenko. Aberdeen have now lost six games in a row, and are now joint bottom with Hamilton Accies. You can also view match photographs from this game taken by Vagelis Georgariou.
The other games that took place on Saturday saw Hamilton and St.Mirren have to settle for a goalless draw at New Douglas Park, a result that leaves Accies joint bottom of the SPL with Aberdeen. And Hibs and St.Johnstone had to settle for a share of the spoils in another goalless draw.
Sunday’s games between Dundee United & Rangers at Tannadice, and Motherwell & Hearts were called off due to the severe weather that bombarded Scotland at the weekend.