In days gone by when there was far less transparency than there is now, I think there was an element about paranoia from the Celtic fans that was somewhat justifiable.
As a player and as a manager there were times when I felt that we didn’t get a fair crack of the whip.
The only thing I would say is that before going into any game you put any thoughts like that to one side and I would encourage anyone to go with Jock Stein’s advice: don’t let the referee’s decisions affect the result and performance. If you score two then it makes it very hard for anyone to come back.
As a player I was far more cold and calculated in taking that advice into games than I was as manager, as some of a certain vintage will probably recall. I earned a fair few call-ups to the doors of the SFA, most notably after a particularly acrimonious League Cup final in 1986.
As a manager you feel a greater responsibility and there is just a different aspect to it that differs from being a player.
In that respect, you would have to say that Brendan Rodgers conducts himself impeccably in the dug-out.
He seems to know exactly what is expected of a Celtic manager and he has been absolutely brilliant for the club this season. I can’t speak highly of him and the way he carries himself and carries the club.
He was well within his rights to be aggrieved at the weekend and the very fact that Alex Schalk received a two-match ban for his part in Sunday’s diving affair confirms what everyone at the time knew - that he threw himself down to win the penalty.
There are too many incidents to to talk but there have been a number of contentious decisions down through the years, with one only two seasons ago at this stage when a Josh Meekings handball on the line from a Leigh Griffiths attempt was entirely missed by the guy standing behind the goal.
Don Robertson will be the man in that position on Sunday and after what has gone on this week I just wonder what goal he will be behind? I jest, of course.
In the modern world that we live in then there is a clear advantage there in terms of the technology which is available and I have to say that I find it staggering considering the fact that we don’t use cameras before making big decisions.
We have seen in tennis how the use of technology has added to the excitement of the game rather than detracting anything from it and I don’t see any reason why that would be different in football.
Instead of the fourth official acting as a referee between two opposing managers, would it not make sense to have a camera at the side of the dugout and any major decision can be quickly reviewed before someone is sent off or a penalty given?
I get it that there are times when you can watch an incident over and over and not have a clear idea of what the right call is – but in the vast majority of cases and certainly on Sunday there is a far clearer picture having watched the incident more than one time and at a far slower pace.
There is no doubt that Scott Brown had the incident in his mind – that and the fact that Liam Boyce had a wee niggle at him just before the sending off – when he went into the player.
Brown has rarely blotted his copybook this season and I have sung his praises repeatedly throughout this campaign but he will know himself that it was a challenge he did not need to make. It was a case of retribution and I understand that but it could well have been costly.
In saying that, I actually felt that the referee initially reached into his back pocket for what would have been a yellow but under pressure from the Ross County players instead went for the red.
While I think that the red will probably be upheld, Celtic were well within their rights to go and appeal the decision. They are not the only club who have done that and they are perfectly entitled to do so.
But while there has been a fair old circus around the incidents this week the bottom line is that the players and the manager will have their heads down and their focus on the game itself.
There is little point in allowing yourself to be distracted by things that are entirely out of your control.