Referee Steven McLean came under heavy fire from all angles after what was a woeful refereeing performance in Rangers’ 1-0 Scottish Cup defeat to Hearts.
Whilst you won’t find a bluenose who blames the referee for the club’s abject performance, McLean produced one of the worst whistling displays of the campaign so far.
Failing to award Hearts a penalty for a George Edmundson handball, McLean then also failed to send off Loic Damour for deliberate handball into the back of the Gers net from the resultant corner.
Damour was already on a yellow card and there’s a feeling McLean let him off with one after he bottled the decision to give Hearts a penalty.
Premier Sports claimed that the reason McLean gave for this is that the handball wasn’t deliberate in their live coverage of the tie [29/02/20].
According to Premier Sports, McLean never flashed a yellow because of a small bump in Damour’s back which apparently sent the player’s arms flailing.
We’ll let you make your own mind up on that.
The standard of refereeing in Scotland has been utterly shambolic for the last few seasons but appears to have taken a step up this year.
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It’s not like Rangers fans can feel too aggrieved by this nonsense excuse either. The reality is Hearts should’ve had a penalty in the run-up to this incident.
That said, two wrongs don’t make a right, well, unless you’re a refereeing a match in Scottish football apparently.