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.
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.
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.