The bizarre conspiracy theory that each referee in Scotland is doing Rangers’ bidding has been disproved yet again by Premiership stat tables provided by Pie & Bovril.
Each time the Gers are awarded a penalty or an opposition player is sent off, rival fans erupt.
After Rangers snatched a draw against Aberdeen in October thanks to a late spot kick, it was cited as an example of a referee bailing out the champions.
At that stage in the season, stats disproved the idea that the Gers were receiving favourable treatment from officials.
Fast forward a few months, and although there was managerial upheaval at Ibrox, results have improved.
Rangers referee theory disproved
Yet, while the conspiracy theorists continue to take to social media in their droves, the numbers still don’t back up their claims.
A stat table shared by Pie & Bovril on Tuesday shows that Celtic have the lowest ‘crime count’ of any Premiership club this season by some distance.
That would appear to suggest that Ange Postecoglou’s players are very disciplined, but another table reveals that the Hoops are actually committing considerably more fouls per card (10) than any other team in the division.
Rangers are second with 6.5 but are closer to St Johnstone at the bottom of the table (4.5) than to the Hoops.
Other tables provide further inconvenient truths for the conspiracy theorists.
While Rangers have received more penalties than most other Premiership clubs so far this season with 5, by no means have they been awarded an outrageous amount.
Hearts top the pile with 6 spot-kicks and Hibs are level with the Gers on 5.
Finally, 2 penalties have been awarded against Rangers so far this campaign and four clubs have had fewer given against them, including Celtic (1).
These stat tables show the much-peddled conspiracy theory to be nonsense but they are sure to be overlooked as soon as a vaguely controversial call goes Gio van Bronckhorst’s side’s way in early 2022.