Rangers fans have been left scratching their heads after referee Kevin Clancy was appointed as the official at Celtic Park for the third time in four games there.
The referee has been at the centre of a number of controversial decisions recently – including his abject performance in December’s Old Firm clash – but has been a near-regular choice of whistler for Celtic home games of late.
As well as the Old Firm game on December 29th, Clancy was the man in the middle when Celtic hosted Ross County, awarding the hosts a penalty with the scoreline still at 0-0 in that game too.
The clash between Celtic and Kilmarnock will be his fifth game at Celtic Park this season while he has yet to referee a game at Ibrox this season – although he has been the referee on three occasions when Rangers have been on their travels.
Willie Collum, who will be in charge as Rangers face St. Johnstone on Sunday, refereed the other game at Celtic Park recently as the league leaders beat Hearts.
Rangers fans were unsurprisingly baffled by Clancy’s remarkable frequency as the referee in games at Celtic Park over the last few months – with one saying he’s there more often than Celtic’s majority shareholder, Dermot Desmond.
Here are some of the comments from Rangers fans on Twitter:
Clancy is the new Nick Patrick. https://t.co/vXARzn1Yp6
— FF (@Follow_Follow_) February 18, 2020
Clancy will have refereed 3 of Celtics last 4 home SPFL games, now putting aside that he should never have refereed anyone ever again after his ridiculously bias display on 29th December, surely this is unprecedented?
They’re certainly not leaving anything to chance this season.
— Tags (@tagsbo) February 18, 2020
Guy attends more Celtic games than Dermot Desmond. https://t.co/vZ1rsIg4rd
— Heart & Hand (@ibroxrocks) February 18, 2020
Kevin Clancy refereeing Celtic home game once again at the weekend ….. Just incase 🙄
— Chic Allan (@chic_allan) February 18, 2020
Does Kevin Clancy get to ref all the Celtic home games because he’s too busy running the St Aloysius CSC bus to their away games?
— Gallus Pioneer … Hagi (@Gallus__Pioneer) February 18, 2020
Kevin Clancy refereeing Celtic again this weekend. Seems to be reffing every other game for them. pic.twitter.com/jBNUlgF3yN
— The Blueprint (@Blueprint_Bear) February 18, 2020
@spfl why have you appointed Kevin Clancy AGAIN to referee Celtic’s home game? It is so well publicised where his persuasions lie yet he still gets to take their game! Is it any wonder the public seem very sceptical about this🤔
— DonMac (@donmac32) February 18, 2020
Kevin Clancy has been to Parkhead more times this season than @paulthetim
— Scotia80 (@Scotia80) February 18, 2020
— Jim (@Ruggie115) February 18, 2020