Kevin Clancy will referee the Premiership clash between Rangers and Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Tuesday night [Scottish FA].
The two sides are returning to action following the winter break and will both be looking to hit the ground running in 2022.
Champions Rangers lead the way, although their advantage at the top of the table was cut to three points after Celtic defeated Hibernian on Monday night, while the Dons are a whopping 24 points back in sixth.
Gio van Bronckhorst is set to be without a number of first-team players for the match, but Stephen Glass doesn’t have a full squad to pick from either, with winger Marley Watkins amongst those to be ruled out.
The only previous meeting between these two sides this season, one of Gerrard’s last domestic matches as Rangers boss, finished 2-2 at Ibrox.
Clancy to referee Rangers vs Aberdeen
It tends to be fiery when these two meet at Pittodrie and the man given the task of keeping a lid on things is Kevin Clancy.
Clancy is an experienced whistler who has been on the international list of FIFA refs for close to a decade, but he has made controversial decisions in the past in Rangers matches.
He failed to send off Dundee United’s Ryan Edwards for a bad challenge on Alfredo Morelos in September 2020, while former Rangers first-team coach Michael Beale accused Clancy of cheating during an Old Firm in December 2019 [Scottish Sun].
Clancy has refereed Rangers matches on 34 occasions so far in his career and, relatively speaking, the Light Blues don’t have a great record when he’s in charge.
They’ve won 19 of the matches, drawing seven and losing eight [Transfermarkt].
He’s sent off three Rangers players and three opposition players, but has awarded opponents five penalties compared to only two for the Gers.
Clancy will be assisted by David Roome and Dougie Potter, while David Munro is on fourth official duty.