Referees are the topic of the day in Scottish football as refereeing conspiracies run riot and Rangers prepare to face St Mirren, Aberdeen and Celtic in the festive run-in.
The entire thing is beginning to leave a bad taste and – whilst undoubtedly perpetuated particularly by those at Celtic Park – Rangers fans have had their own things to say about the standard of officiating.
So, looking ahead to the whistlers who’ll surely be the subject of much conversation this festive, the referees have been decided ahead of Rangers’ run-in to the winter break.
Referee Steven McLean to take charge of Rangers’ Boxing Day clash
First up is a Boxing Day battle against St Mirren at Ibrox and as the Gers welcome the Buddies to Govan, whistler Steven McLean will be taking charge of the match.
The referee has taken charge of 35 Rangers games, with the Gers winning 20, drawing five and losing 10 of them, awarding Rangers six penalties, according to Transfermarkt.
Alan Mulvanny and Graham McNellie will be Mclean’s assistants, with Colin Steven set to be the fourth official.
Controversial referee Kevin Clancy to take changes of Rangers trip to Aberdeen
Rangers are preparing for a tough trip to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen just days before their Old Firm clash with Celtic and controversial whistler Kevin Clancy set to take charge of proceedings.
Rangers fans haven’t forgotten Clancy’s woeful display in the 2-1 win over Celtic at Celtic Park at the end of 2019 and as a result he’s been considered a boogeyman ever since.
In 34 matches taking charge of Rangers games, Kevin Clancy has seen the Gers win 19 times, drawing seven times and losing eight, with two penalties award [Transfermarkt].
Graeme Stewart and Dougie Potter will be the assistants, with David Munro the 4th official.
Willie Collum to referee Rangers clash at Celtic Park
Referee Willie Collum will take charge of Rangers’ trip to Celtic Park as the Gers prepare to visit the eastend of Glasgow for the first time this season.
The Ibrox side won the first Old Firm of the campaign 1-0 and will be hoping for another three points from this game to send out a Scottish Premiership title message.
Willie Collum is one of the most experienced referees in the game, taking charge of 54 Rangers games according to Transfermarkt, overseeing 35 wins, 7 draws and 12 defeats, and awarding Rangers 17 penalties.
That’s not to say he’s without controversy, as the infamous Kisses-gate at St Mirren Park proved.
Rangers have also been sent a warning from Old Firm rivals Celtic ahead of the remainder of the Scottish Premiership season.