Forgotten derby incident highlights Clancy worry for Celtic Park clash

By Hamish Carton

December 24, 2019

It’s fair to say that Kevin Clancy’s appointment as referee for this Sunday’s Glasgow Derby at Celtic Park didn’t go down too well in most quarters.

As we told you yesterday, many Celtic supporters were unhappy with the official’s appointment due to some high-profile incidents in recent Hoops games.

Most of those fears stemmed from our 1-1 draw at Hibernian in late September. During that fiery Easter Road clash, Clancy dismissed two stonewall Celtic penalty claims in the second-half after both Moritz Bauer and Ryan Christie had been felled in almost identical incidents.

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Yet despite those obvious errors, it’s another 2019 incident that should worry Celtic fans more going into Sunday’s clash.

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Ibrox incident gives us a real worry over Clancy

Clancy was the man in the middle when we last lost to Rangers – in a dead-rubber clash in May. We failed to turn up badly at Ibrox that day but the referee wasn’t much better as he continually let the home side away with murder during a frustrating 90 minutes.

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The most notable abdication of his duties was early in the second-half when he refused to send Gers man Jon Flanagan off for a clear elbow into the face of Scott Brown. The pair had been jousting in the box preparing for a Hoops corner when the defender caught our skipper flush on the face – with Clancy somehow coming to the conclusion that a yellow card would suffice.

What made the incident even more bizarre was the follow-up from the SFA. At the time, the BBC reported just days after the match that Flanagan had been let off the hook despite a three-man panel subsequently deciding that he should have been sent off.

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Celtic rightly described the whole ordeal as a “huge embarrassment for Scottish football”. Things soon moved on due to the match’s importance being less than a usual derby.

But as Clancy prepares for his next derby clash, some opportune Gers stars like Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent may feel they can get away with more murder. Time will tell if Clancy has sorted out his act, or whether he’s gonna give the visitors further cause for optimism.