Just as Rangers fans were celebrating humbling Dundee United 4-0 after six long years, they also wound up cursing referee Kevin Clancy’s name.
The controversial whistler has not helped himself with comments about “what’s at stake” this season and his previous attempts at reffing Rangers see him under constant Ibrox scrutiny.
Clancy was in charge as the Gers ran out comfortable winners over the Arabs but after missing several high-profile and unacceptable challenges on Rangers players, it’s had some demanding the club raise questions over the referee.
The most blatant of these involved the knee-high, disgraceful challenge by Ryan Edwards on Rangers star Alfredo Morelos which saw the Colombian stretchered off.
It looks a red card all day long and Clancy didn’t even give a foul, let alone even a yellow card.
Morelos out been studded 😤 where’s the red card 🔴⚪️🔵🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/B6yzrvBIev
— Stu (@sturfcno1) September 12, 2020
As a result, Rangers had to quickly hook an incensed Borna Barisic from the park before he saw a second yellow from the contentious referee.
The challenge on Morelos was one of a number of crunching Dundee United tackles and many Rangers fans feel Clancy’s questionable refereeing of Rangers is putting their players at risk.
Kevin Clancy “play on” pic.twitter.com/Buo9VETuYd
— Mr M (@MBS1872) September 12, 2020
Kevin Clancy when a Rangers player gets snapped vs Kevin Clancy when a Rangers player runs within 20 yards of an opponent. pic.twitter.com/ThnCkaX3hs
— SassyPapac (@PapacSassy) September 12, 2020
Boots Kent, kicks the ball away
Not even a word
Kevin Clancy is just absolutely woeful, the standard he has displayed today is genuinely appalling
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4ladshadadream) September 12, 2020
Clearest red card I’ve ever seen and he’s not even booked 😭 Kevin Clancy man
— euan (@_EuanG72) September 12, 2020
Ryan Edwards is a fortunate young man. Red card all day long as he chooses to follow through on Alfredo, but Kevin Clancy once again comes up short against Rangers. Shocking tackle and shocking decision. Absolutely furious 😡😡
— Jeff Holmes (@JeffH1960) September 12, 2020
If Morelos has escaped this assault on his knee with ‘just’ a flesh wound, he’s a lucky boy.
Kevin Clancy has escaped with zero censure or criticism except from the fans.
He should not be in charge of any Rangers or Celtic matches this season after his comments in the media. pic.twitter.com/YG29zfgwFg
— RangersHistory (@RangersFACTS) September 12, 2020
I sincerely hope the SFA banish Kevin Clancy from officiating any professional game until he gets proper training…demoting him is only punishing the clubs he referees
— Derek Clark (@derekclarksport) September 12, 2020
Not even a yellow card for the blatant red.
Atrocious officiating by Kevin Clancy as usual! 😠 pic.twitter.com/17XhJWKJgS
— Rangers FC & Linfield FC (@bluesbrothers86) September 12, 2020
Kevin Clancy is a danger to Rangers
— Paul Campbell (@PaulCambo72) September 12, 2020
Just a reminder that Kevin Clancy sent Morelos off at Pittodrie for an incident that neither he or his assistants seen, yet failed to even book the Dundee United player for a high tackle that he clearly did see 🤷🏻♂️
— Jamie Reyna (@J_WTB1) September 12, 2020
Kevin Clancy is a coward by the way, atrocious officiating!
— This Is Ibrox (@thisisibrox) September 12, 2020
— Tags (@tagsbo) September 12, 2020
Absolutely horrendous challenge on Morelos and the gash shows it. Kevin Clancy yet again.
— EmpireFF (@EmpireFF) September 12, 2020
The situation surrounding Kevin Clancy was bad enough last season – see this video of him officiating the Celtic Park win – but this year the scrutiny on the whistler will be higher than ever
This was made worse by the whistler appearing on Clyde SSB to talk up Celtic’s dubious claims to 10IAR this season.
“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.”
The referee also came in for criticism from Rangers fans for yellow carding striker Cedric Itten in his home debut against St. Johnstone for a tangle in the opposition box.