Series of intriguing Premiership stat tables disprove ridiculous Rangers ref conspiracy theory
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Rangers referee conspiracy theory disproved by Premiership stat tables

The ridiculous conspiracy theory that every referee in Scotland is doing Rangers’ bidding has been disproved by a series of stat tables produced by Pie & Bovril.

After Rangers snatched a point at home to Aberdeen last week thanks to a late penalty, Celtic fans took to social media to claim that it was one of many instances of officials bailing out the Gers over the opening months of the season.

A Rangers referee conspiracy theory has been disproved.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ironically, Celtic would be given the chance to get out of jail against Livingston on Saturday afternoon after being awarded a late penalty of their own, only for summer signing Giorgos Giakoumakis to fluff his lines from 12 yards.

When big claims are made by football fans, it’s always a good idea to turn to the numbers.

Pie & Bovril share relevant stats on a regular basis and on Monday, they tweeted figures for penalties received and conceded so far in the Premiership this season, as well as a ‘Crime Count’ (one point for a yellow card and two points for a red card) table and a fouls per yellow card list.

If all referees really were under Rangers’ control, one would expect them to be top of the fouls per card and penalties received lists and bottom of the Crime Count and penalties conceded tables.

Yet, in fact, if the figures point to any club receiving preferential treatment, it’s Celtic.

So far this season, they’ve been committing by far the most fouls per yellow card of any of the 12 Premiership clubs, while they’re bottom of the Crime Count list and are one of only three teams yet to concede a penalty.

Meanwhile, Rangers have conceded two penalties, are second bottom of the Crime Count list and third in terms of fouls per yellow.

The Old Firm clubs have received three penalties each.

These tables are a big blow for the conspiracy theorists and they may now keep a low profile on social media…at least until the next vaguely controversial decision that goes Rangers’ way.

In other news, a former Ibrox hero is targeting a return to Scottish football and is interested in a vacancy at a ‘big club’.

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