Referee Kevin Clancy laughably told Celtic captain Scott Brown the reason he didn’t send off Jon Flanagan yesterday.
The 2-0 defeat at Ibrox was one of the worst displays in Govan Celtic have produced in years. It was arguably even more toothless than the 1-0 defeat there back in December.
But one of the key incidents, as everyone knows, came regarding Flanagan’s elbow on Hoops captain Brown. It was clear on TV that Clancy could see the incident, and he only gave Flanagan a yellow card.
If you haven't seen it, here's Flanagan's clash with Brown, for which he received only a yellow card… pic.twitter.com/TrqHJhhNCq
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And speaking in the Evening Times, Brown told the reason of why Clancy didn’t give a red.
“Yeah, another one to the face. Surprisingly, somebody didn’t see that again.
“He [Clancy] said it was a yellow because it didn’t hit me in the face. But it’s part and parcel.
“There’s always a linesman there who can see it from the corner flag. There are two people there, both said they didn’t properly see it, so it’s a hard one for them.”
Are we now just making it up as we go along?
So Clancy’s reasoning was because Flanagan didn’t elbow him in the face. Nah, it was just the neck area, so clearly there’s no violent intent in it then, eh?
It seems that we’re just making the rules up as we go along in Scotland at times. Clancy is opening up a can of worms with an explanation such as that. Plenty of players get elbowed just below the face and it’s deemed a red card due to violent conduct. Flanagan’s wasn’t any different.
Nobody is saying it would’ve changed the outcome of the game. Rangers outclassed Celtic on the pitch, and it was more worrying signs for the club ahead of a massive summer.
But Brown needs more protection than what he’s getting. Flanagan’s elbow on him was a carbon copy of Alfredo Morelos’ one at Celtic Park. The fact is that it simply doesn’t matter where you strike the opposition player, it still remains over-aggressive.
Players can now think it’s fine to give others a swift elbow, so long as they don’t hit their opponent’s face. It’s absolute madness, but this is the crazy world of Scottish football right enough.
Credit to Rangers for their win. It’s clearly the biggest day of their season considering it ended trophyless. Hopefully, referees start showing some more bravery in Glasgow derby matches at Ibrox next season.