Plenty of Rangers fans are up in arms at a ridiculous decision from referee Kevin Clancy to award Celtic a free-kick following a Christopher Jullien foul on Alfredo Morelos, during Sunday’s Premiership win at Parkhead.
Supporters from both sides were concerned when Clancy was appointed for this massive derby clash. As it turned out, from the Bears’ perspective, the fears were well placed.
Numerous big decisions went Celtic’s way across the course of the game, the equaliser being the highest-profile of the lot.
Callum McGregor’s shot clearly struck Odsonne Edouard’s arm, with the deflection wrong-footing Allan McGregor. The goal should have been chalked off, but it was allowed to stand and offered Celtic an undeserved route back into the game.
There was also the penalty award. Niko Katic did tug on Christopher Jullien’s shirt but Joe Aribo was on the receiving end of similar from Celtic defenders on two occasions and no spot-kick was awarded for the Gers.
Then there was Ryan Christie, who, already on a booking, reached out and grabbed Morelos’ nether regions, leaving the striker in a crumpled heap on the ground. Inexplicably, that act went unpunished.
Perhaps the most bizarre, though, was the referee’s decision to give Celtic a free-kick, when last-man Jullien felled Morelos.
The Hoops centre-back clearly catches the Gers striker on the calf, taking him down on the edge of the area. Given that El Bufalo would otherwise have been clean through on goal, it should have been a free-kick to the visitors and a red card for Jullien.
Yet, inexplicably, it was the Rangers player who was pulled up for a foul.
Plenty of Bears were incensed by the officiating and vented their frustration on social media.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
Free kick and a red card
— GlasgowBricklayer (@GlasgBricklayer) December 29, 2019
He shouldn’t be allowed to referee Morelos again. He clearly has an issue with him and can’t officiate neutrally.
— TheBlueSaint (@JJM1872) December 29, 2019
jullien stands right down the back of morelos leg, straight red
— alfieloyal (@HandlinSimon) December 30, 2019
That’s cheating, plain and simple.
— Calum (@cw1873) December 29, 2019
Was never being given for Morelos. All of Rangers’ wrongdoings were correctly awarded for Celtic. None of the big ones for Rangers were given. Shirt tug/penalty, handballs/goal, 2nd yellows (Christie could’ve had 2!!) and the one you’ve highlighted as last man. @spfl #bias
— Buster Brown (@CallumB106X) December 29, 2019
If Clancy sends off Christie, Julian or Bolingoli… Alfredo’s daft dive never happens.
Get the decisions right refs.
Only 3 of them escaped reds today 🤷♂️
— Scottie (@fonics7) December 29, 2019
Julien kicks the back of Morelos’ leg and Morelos is deemed to have fouled Julien. Like a said … unbelievable refereeing
— Geeb 🎙🇬🇧 (@Geeb1872) December 29, 2019
It’s mental as it’s always pretty much predicted – yet it still happens. Scottish football 🤷🏻♂️
— Colin Lister (@Coco___Bean) December 29, 2019
Are we suprised? What a shocker of a referee this guy is , he tried so hard for his team today but still couldn’t stop the “Famous “
— jeff wilson (@lothianguy) December 29, 2019
This was probably the worst decision in a whole pile of dodgy decisions. Awful ref.
— Bryan Spark (@BryanSpark2) December 30, 2019
It’s getting hard to believe it. Constant brutal decisions
— ross taylor (@rosst1234) December 29, 2019