Rangers fans were left up in arms yesterday as it emerged Kevin Clancy will take charge of his third Celtic home game out of their last four in the Scottish Premiership – and the Light Blues must demands answers from the Scottish FA over their referee appointments.
The official will be in the middle for this weekend’s clash with Kilmarnock, to add to recent games against Rangers and Ross County in Glasgow’s east end.
The game will also mark Clancy’s fifth in the league at Celtic Park this season and it seems particularly odd that Celtic would appear to have a ‘homer’ as a referee.
While referees doing several games at one ground over the course of the season isn’t anything out of the ordinary, doing three out of the last four certainly is enough to raise some eyebrows.
None of the other top-flight officials have been picked to referee back-to-back league games at any venue this season – and none have been at any stadium in Scotland with the same regularity Clancy finds himself on Kerrydale Street.
What makes things worse for Rangers fans is the ineptitude of Clancy’s recent performances in the middle during some massively important games in the title race.
In each of his last two games at Celtic Park, Clancy has awarded the hosts a penalty with the score at 0-0 and his performance in the Old Firm clash on December 29th was so bad that Rangers coach Michael Beale is serving a lengthy ban after accusing Clancy of cheating.
There might well be nothing untoward in Clancy, ostensibly, being the referee of choice for Celtic’s home game but Rangers need to find out why one official has now been given responsibility so consistently for games across the city.