A number of Glasgow Rangers fans hit out at referee Kevin Clancy as he was speaking ahead of the new Premiership season.
As per Daily Record, the 36-year-old claimed that officials in Scotland’s top flight will be put under unprecedented pressure in the coming campaign, with matches taking place behind closed doors from now on and with Celtic going for a historic 10th successive title triumph. His comments were also shared on Twitter by @ClydeSSB.
He said: “I can guarantee that the referees officiating know exactly what’s at stake this season. We are under no illusion that every decision, in almost every game, is going to be scrutinised to a level that even the media probably haven’t seen for a long time. We really do know what is at stake.”
Clancy had a run-in with the ‘Gers last season when he showed red cards to assistant manager Michael Beale, who had accused him of cheating, and striker Alfredo Morelos for simulation in stoppage time during the 2-1 win away to the Hoops during the festive period.
He has taken charge of 28 matches featuring the Ibrox club, half of which ended in wins for the ‘Gers and the other half split evenly between draws and defeats. Despite the controversy from the aforementioned derby seven months ago, the Light Blues have actually won both of Clancy’s Old Firm games so far. [via TransferMarkt]
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Despite that record, many ‘Gers fans still haven’t forgotten the tempestuous clash at Parkhead and took their opportunity to have a go at the referee following his comments, with one fan seemingly taking a leaf out of Beale’s book by calling him a “cheat”:
He’s a cheat
— KatB🐝🐝🐝 (@Kat_Bee_123) July 29, 2020
Only in backwater Scotland would this happen🤦♂️
— blue glasgow🇬🇧 (@therangersno1) July 29, 2020
His performance in the old firm at parkhead last season was the worst I’ve ever seen from an official
— Chris Mcgrath (@chrismcgrath87) July 29, 2020
The corruption goes on.
— billy nixon (@billyni99933742) July 29, 2020
Of course they’ve had it drummed into them, they know what’s at stake, this is the Harry Potter to Hogwarts season.
— Barney Stinson (@Barney010Stinso) July 29, 2020
He definitely knows whats at stake… Hope his efforts last season were recognised with an spfl winners medal
— Tom McVey (@tmcvey077) July 29, 2020
you reffing last season was something that was beyond belief hopefully you have has extensive training to ref a game that is fair to both teams not what team you fallow or favour
— Steve (@chubbsdtb) July 29, 2020
In other words Mr Clancy is concerned he will be called out this year on the many decisions he makes that favour a certain club 🙄
— Bluesea (@Buddie232) July 29, 2020
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