Rangers fans’ favourite referee Kevin Clancy is coming under fire for comments made about the upcoming season and Celtic’s dubious claims to 10IAR.
The Scottish whistler was talking about the increased pressure over “what is at stake” this season as the Parkhead club desperately try to get their ambitious claims to 10IAR over the line.
For a referee to point this out and have it at the forefront of his mind has raised the suspicions of Gers fans – something made worse by the fact the comments come from controversial whistler Clancy.
🎥 WATCH: Referee Kevin Clancy says officials know ‘exactly what’s at stake’ this season.
“We are under no illusions that every decision will be scrutinised to a level that even you guys in the media probably haven’t seen for a long, long time”. pic.twitter.com/opr4BVtUuX
— Clyde 1 Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) July 29, 2020
“I can absolutely guarantee you that the referees officiating in the Scottish Premiership know exactly what is at stake this season,” said Clancy [Clyde Superscoreboard].
“We are under no illusion that every decision probably almost in every game is going to be scrutinised to a level that even the media probably haven’t seen for a long, long period of time.
“If you want to take anything away from this, it is that the guys have been training hard, the guys are ready for the season that is about to start.
“We really do know what is at stake for the whole of the division.”
To be clear, this season – like any other – should not be viewed through the lens of one side’s ambitions and, for me, it is wholly inappropriate for Clancy to be talking this up.
Even if Clancy’s comments concern the trials by Sportscene, the constant pouring over of replays and decisions, and those claims of masonic conspiracies, something doesn’t sit right with them.
The decision-making of referees should be completely objective and should not be being influenced by the backdrop of pressure from Celtic, Rangers, or any other club.
Clancy’s comments suggest that they will be.
The referee came under particular scrutiny from Rangers fans after his performance in the club’s 2-1 victory against Celtic at Parkhead last season.
Clancy gave a blatant handball goal to Celtic and was at the centre of a storm concerning his handling of Morelos leaving the field of play following a red card and that infamous 3rd yellow.
He also seemingly yellow-carded Celtic captain Scott Brown twice without sending him off.
It was an atrocious refereeing performance and you can see the worst of it below.
Clancy refereed six Scottish Premiership games involving Celtic last season, meaning he was involved with the Parkhead club more than any other team.
This is two more than closest clubs Kilmarnock and Hibs, with whom Clancy referred four matches including two (one each) where either side faced Celtic [Transfermarkt]. He refereed Rangers three times, once against Celtic.
Without crying conspiracy, there is a reason many Rangers view Clancy as Celtic’s referee of choice.
Here’s how members of the Rangers support reacted to the referee’s wholly inappropriate comments:
This has to cease. Clancy who is an absolute joke of an official & who has given more decisions against Rangers & for one team is actually on this show spouting. His performance at the dump last December was nothing short of disgraceful & the scrutiny did nothing to embarrass him https://t.co/yzyBBP9MHA
— Joe Black (@joe_black1509) July 29, 2020
If Rangers were going for a tenth title, Clancy's article would have sparked a week of stories from an outraged Lawwell and Lennon in the papers, a social media backlash, a referee strike and a Paul Larkin book and movie Kickstarter.
— OnlyAnExcuse (@OnlyAnExcuse) July 29, 2020
— 𝙍𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙑𝙞𝙚𝙬 (@Rangers_View) July 28, 2020
Seeing as Clancy refereed Celtic almost exclusively last season in comparison to other refs we will no doubt have more performances like that to look forward to, disgraceful referee without an ounce of shame, just like his club.
— J. Kosnetzov (@Kosnetzov) July 29, 2020
Clancy’s comments are a result of feeling untouchable and that Rangers are simply blowhards that won’t take anyone to task, and tbh you can’t blame him when The Board and Gerrard have been cowardly in the recent past when it comes to SPFL and Referees.
— Jaegermaster (@GRC__99) July 29, 2020
Going to be a right fair campaign this eh? Absolute disgrace.
— Yaco (@Yaco1872) July 28, 2020
Kevin Clancy saying how things will be? Might as well just give the trophy to Celtic now if he’s the one making decisions
— Andrew Mooney 🇬🇧 (@AMooney_93) July 29, 2020
Kevin clancy feeling the pressure of celtic going for 9iar https://t.co/Xo3VGI58i4
— Scott (@ScottWi1son) July 29, 2020
I wonder if Clancy once again will get an unusually large percentage of Celtic home games. 🤔
— Ted (@IBoyd1966) July 29, 2020
Celtic’s POTY Kevin Clancy already planning Celtics penalties for next season 👀👀 https://t.co/DlxWjwuYwO
— KingBin (@AMcD72x) July 29, 2020
Clancy to referee every Celtic game. https://t.co/S6nK8SxZPN
— Will (@AnythingRangers) July 29, 2020
— Airman (@airman614) July 29, 2020