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.

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“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.

Referee Kevin Clancy has come under fire from Rangers fans in the past but his comments are considered wholly inappropriate. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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:


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