Scottish Premiership referee Willie Collum has pulled out of refereeing the Aberdeen Hibs match tonight, but has claimed it’s nothing to do with Rangers statement.

Collum is said to have injured himself whilst officiating the Galatasaray Schalke Champions League match on Tuesday. It appears the fact it comes a day after Rangers statement is nothing more than a coincidence.

The club released a strongly worded statement in the wake of the decision not to review Daniel Candeias nonsense sending off last week. Rangers then launched a formal complaint about whistler Collum.

Remember that Celtic penalty last November? Willie Collum. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

In the statement, the club said, “this is by no means the first time errors of judgement have been made in matches involving this official and clearly there is an underlying issue which requires to be addressed.”

Willie Collum won’t be making any clangers this weekend at least.

Are Rangers right to bring integrity of referee into question?

Let’s be honest here. Daniel Candeias was sent off for celebrating two goals. He did very little wrong and it is utterly contemptable the governing body refuse to recognise that let alone amend it.

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Rangers are the ones who suffer for a terrible decision.


Ferdinand man-handled him. Nothing happened.

Daniel Candeias did nothing wrong against St. Mirren – no matter what way you look at it. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

From their point of view, they clearly believe the decision sets a precedent and don’t want to overturn it. But hey, I’m not saying their position is right. It’s anything but.

Games involving Rangers seem to be littered with this poor decision making and our players appear to be held to a much higher standard than others. All we ask for is parity.

Whether accidental, malicious or just plain incompetent, it keeps happening.

From Ryan Jack and Alfredo Morelos, our players have been on the receiving end of physical aggression and dogs abuse and then ended up being punished for it.

Andy Halliday knows what it’s like to be sent off for doing little wrong too. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Or in the case of Candeias and Andy Halliday, they’ve been punished for celebrating. Not even over-zealously.

Could Rangers have gone about it a better way? Perhaps.

But at least the conversation has started at the appropriate level for change.