IT is eight years since the Scottish FA introduced the role of Compliance Officer as part of changes to its disciplinary procedures. Now, it may be time to get back to the drawing board.

When Clare Whyte, the latest incumbent to hold the post following the tenures of Vincent Lunny and Tony McGlennan, is talked about as prominently as she has been at times this season then there is a problem with the system.

The CO position is a thankless task and no matter what decisions are reached on any case that is put forward, there will always be a party involved that are left angry and upset.

Accusations of bias and conspiracies can never be proven and remain the barb of choice of supporters online but real concerns and questions over the protocols can’t be overlooked.

It is not just fans that are quickly losing faith with the SFA and those that implement its rulebook and there seems to be a growing feeling within the game that the current way of doing things isn’t fit for purpose.

It was Lunny that played down the talk of ‘trial by Sportscene’ four years ago now but events this season have done nothing to dispel fears over how incidents are raised and dealt with.

Matches that are live on television – like Rangers’ win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie was – automatically generate more public debate and there is greater scope for moments in those games to create headlines, and subsequently be raised as disciplinary matters.

Controversies in others – like Celtic’s victory at home to Hibernian – don’t get the same attention, though, and challenges such as the one Scott Brown made on Mark Milligan go unnoticed because it remained on the cutting room floor.

It is unfathomable how the Compliance Officer can take no further action against Jozo Simunovic for his appalling elbow on Oli Shaw but Darnell Johnson, whose tackle on Emilio Izaguirre was dealt with at the time as he received a yellow card, now faces a hearing in an attempt to avoid a two-game suspension.

Gers keeper Allan McGregor has the same battle to fight this week but there was no citing of Lewis Ferguson for his retaliation towards the 36-year-old later in the match.

For the record, it is understandable why Bobby Madden sent Alfredo Morelos off and why the appeal was rejected. Likewise, it was no surprise that McGregor was cited.

It is the process and the lack of clarity and consistency around it that is the issue, however. Just when players, punters and pundits think they have it sussed, a situation comes about that seemingly defies logic and goes against the precedents.

Now, another incident has been thrown into the mix from the weekend. At Rugby Park, Alan Power was booked for a high foot that caught Ryan Jack in the face.

It was a nasty incident and one that could have been far more serious. Steven Gerrard refused to be drawn too much on it post-match, but Rangers will keep an interested eye on the actions of the Compliance Officer in the coming days.

Once that drama has subsided, another will almost certainly follow sooner rather than later and the cycle will start all over again. It is already becoming tedious.

Scottish football can’t get itself into the situation where matches are being re-refereed the morning after the night before. That isn’t good for the game.

If a referee sees an incident, he deals with it and that is the end of it. If he misses it, these things happen and that’s life.

No two moments are the same but it is the lack of consistency that will lead to the whataboutery. Once faith in the system is eroded, the SFA have a real problem.

There should still be a route for players to go down if they feel they have been harshly dealt with and an appeal avenue has to stay in place for red card decisions.

But the status quo of some issues being highlighted more than others and some being dealt with differently is causing more problems than it is solving. There seems little consistency in the way that cases are brought and handled.

A panel at Hampden shouldn’t have more power than the man in the middle. The referee’s word used to be final, so let’s make that the case once again.