Referee announced for Rangers vs St Johnstone - a bad omen?
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Referee announced for Rangers vs St Johnstone

Scottish referees are under major scrutiny at the moment, as are their appointments.
In fact, it seems like that’s been the case all season.
Countless incorrect decisions have let to controversy, rescinded red cards and retrospective bans.
Rangers have both suffered and gained from some of the more controversial refereeing displays.
Back in November, Willie Collum inexplicably sent an innocent Daniel Candeias off in the closing stages of Rangers’s away win at St Mirren.

Collum’s decision against Candeias was ridiculous. (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

Then, during the reverse of that fixture a few weeks ago, Andrew Dallas awarded the Gers four penalties, causing consternation amongst rival fans.
Most recently, Bobby Madden didn’t pick up on a challenge from Allan McGregor which has since been dealt with retrospectively, while Alan Muir inexplicably failed to send off Alan Power when his high boot caught Ryan Jack in the face.

Muir gave Rangers a penalty, but failed to dismiss Power after his horror challenge. (Photo by Mark Davison/ActionPlus/Corbis via Getty Images)

McLean to take charge

On Saturday, Steven McLean will oversee Rangers vs St Johnstone, at Ibrox.
Rangers fans will hope that isn’t a bad omen.
As reported by the Daily Record, the last time McLean was at Ibrox, the Gers lost 1-0 to Aberdeen.
Not only that, but he dished out a red card to each side. Unlike with the Colombian’s most recent dismissal, though, there was little controversy about Alfredo Morelos’ red card on that occasion.

Lafferty argued, but it was a clear red card offence from El Buffalo. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s perhaps a positive sign that McLean isn’t card happy.

In 24 matches this season, he has brandished just one more red on top of the two from that Gers vs Dons fixture and handed out just 24 yellows.
Lets hope that means the game will be allowed to flow on Saturday.
Rangers don’t need anymore controversy, just three points.

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