Michael Weir: Hibs disallowed goal left me baffled but Martin Boyle has to be careful

Football baffles me at times and that was certainly the case with Ryan Porteous' disallowed goal at Ibrox on Sunday.

By Michael Weir
Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 7:00 am
Hibs defender Ryan Porteous scores his disallowed goal against Rangers at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Hibs defender Ryan Porteous scores his disallowed goal against Rangers at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

I just look at it and ask, where's the foul? I just don't see it. No matter what anybody says, it is a fact that you need decisions to go for you in big games and we just seem to be constantly not getting them when it matters. It's not right. I never saw anything wrong with it and 99 per cent of people who watched the game saw nothing wrong with it, yet the decision is given against them. I don't know what's a foul, a penalty or what’s offside nowadays, it's just so inconsistent. It's a part of the game that's all over the place for me.

Big decisions seem to go against you when you play Rangers or Celtic. It was the same when I played. It's never changed over the years. When you go to these places everything has to go right for you. You have to make sure you play well but you're hoping that if any decisions are to be made at vital times of the game that you will get them. I don't think it's changed in that respect.

The big difference is that, with the number of TV replays, it's much more glaring now. It's right in front of you and it's all the more baffling how these decisions continually go against you. TV has proven that the Porteous goal should have stood and it could have made all the difference to the result.

As for Martin Boyle’s booking, it was a harsh yellow but he has to be careful he doesn’t get a reputation for diving, because that can follow you and then referees will pull you up for everything. Generally, he's never really been that bad for it, but because it's getting highlighted everybody is jumping on the bandwagon. I don’t want him to have a reputation as a diver. He’s got too much ability for people to only look at him for that.

Where would we be without him? He’s had dips this season, every player does, but his goals and assists ratio for a wide player have been excellent and we should be thankful for the goals he's got us.

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