The appointment of Kevin Clancy as referee for Sunday’s Glasgow Derby at Celtic Park doesn’t seem to have gone down too well with the Hoops faithful.
Clancy was named as the man in the middle for the crucial fixture earlier on Monday. He will be assisted by David McGeachie and Dougie Potter while Nick Walsh will be the fourth official.
Clancy caused controversy earlier this season when he denied us what looked like two stonewall penalties in a 1-1 draw at Hibernian. He has hardly been the flavour of the month with the Celtic support since then, and it was therefore no surprise to see many vent their frustration on Twitter following the announcement of his appointment.
Clancy in the Glasgow Derby he owes us at least 2 pens 🍀🤬
— Paul D (@Kerrygold63) December 23, 2019
I'd rather have Bobby Madden than Kevin Clancy. Hopefully we could find our scoring boots and put this beyond doubt. #CelticFC
— Árd Macha (@Ard_Macha) December 23, 2019
The same Kevin Clancy that denied 2 stone wall penalties at Easter Road…. Out of all the refs in Scotland he's probably the most consistently incompetent (and that's some achievement). https://t.co/5NO2Pf7GVu
— Turlough O'Coinn (@Turloughog77) December 23, 2019
Kevin Clancy the worst referee in Scotland gets to ref the Glasgow derby on Sunday absolute joke
— Hughie 💚 (@hsharkey63) December 23, 2019
There’s actually not many refs I dislike more than Kevin Clancy. Feel like most of his games with us are very stop-start.
He’s issued 74 yellow cards and 4 red cards in 9 games this season; 17/3 in his last 4. https://t.co/RlAv29U39F
— Liam (@LK95_) December 23, 2019
If wer good enough turn up the ref wnt matter
— dee (@decistew) December 23, 2019
Probably the best we could hope for tbh. Incompetent? yes! Biased I don’t think so.
— bmac (@bryanmclean19) December 23, 2019
Same Kevin Clancy who got demoted after his ridiculous display in the Hibs v Celtic game earlier this season?
— Paul McQueen (@queenmachine67) December 23, 2019
Clancy appointment shouldn’t change too much at Celtic Park
So Clancy’s appointment hasn’t exactly gone down well with the Hoops support. But it’s worth noting that not many referees have a positive image at present, and the likes of Willie Collum and John Beaton would undoubtedly have brought around a more vociferous reaction.
Like a few fans pointed out above, the referee shouldn’t matter if we turn up and play our game. We are a better team than our rivals as has been shown in the results of the previous derbies this season.
If we play to our top level it would take an almighty effort from either Rangers or the officials to change the result. That’s the way we’ve got to look at it.