It’s Only the opening day of the season and already Steven Gerrard has had a real eye opener to the standard of Scottish refereeing. Gerrard wasn’t wrong in his comments regarding the standard of refereeing in Scotland and finally it seems like we have someone willing to highlight it.
Last season I was criticised for blogging on referees and the countless decisions against us, I called that blog ‘Honest mistakes or something more sinister?’. It was lengthy blog highlighting decisions against Rangers and it drew criticism from some, in that it wasn’t the Rangers way to complain etc. Whilst that is fair enough I think it’s important to highlight exactly what we are up against especially when the levels of incompetence are so high.
Yesterday the game was barely 10 minutes old when Alfredo Morelos was sent off for Violent Conduct. Having been barged twice off the ball, the second a shoulder to the face, the player left his leg in on McKenna with a petulant swipe.
Whilst the picture isn’t the best it shows the Morelos wasn’t even looking at McKenna when he was barged to the face. The referee didn’t see it as he was looking at the ball. If it was the assistants call then he must have saw the barges from McKenna first?
I struggle to understand how it can be a red for Morelos for violent conduct and McKenna escapes without punishment for two off the ball barges? I also struggle to understand how the assistant has seen one thing and not the other, as it is literally a second apart.
This brings us onto the next incident in which Josh Windass has been denied an obvious goal scoring opportunity by Dominic Ball.
Again, whilst the pictures aren’t the best, it shows Josh about to roll the ball into an open net before he is crudely pulled back. A penalty was correctly given but for no action to be taken against Ball is simply ridiculous, incompetence at best from Kevin Clancy.
The laws are quite clear, no obvious attempt to play the ball resulting in the denying of a goal scoring opportunity should result in a red card. Why has this not happened here?
Onto the next decision which only highlighted my frustration further was the decision to caution Connor Goldson. Not only was it a extremely soft decision it defied logic when only seconds later Stevie May crudely barged Ryan Jack to the top his back and neck.
Whilst again the pictures aren’t great, it highlights the terrible nature of the challenge. May doesn’t even cleanly head the ball, it strikes the top of his arm/shoulder as he jumps into Jack. You can see from Mays body shape he has no intention of heading the ball, this was clear revenge on Jack going back to last year.
Ryan Jack left the field on a stretcher wearing a neck brace and travelled to hospital in an ambulance, much to the enjoyment of Dolly in the crowd and those useful idiots in the media (looking at you here failed trialist) who were happy to see a little ‘retribution’.
We can only hope the magnificent Jack doesn’t face a lengthy spell on the sidelines
When you consider Goldson’s caution and the fact the referee completely ignored this one it really does defy logic.
Scott Arfield was then grabbed by the scruff of the neck by Devlin and he also received a caution. Apparently standing there and being grabbed threateningly IS a caution in Kevin Clancy’s book.
To rub salt into the wounds Aberdeen’s equaliser also included a foul which was completely missed by Clancy, shocker eh?
As James Tavernier tried to close down the Aberdeen attacker he is barged to the ground, thus preventing any possible block and opening up the space for the shot. Tavernier gets up arms outstretched appealing to Clancy who obviously ignores him. The referee clearly has a clear view but chooses to give the goal.
First of all this isn’t a blame the referee blog because we drew the match, I’m simply highlighting FIVE (yes really) major incidents in the game in which Clancy got it wrong. His incompetence really did have a massive influence on the match.
Steven Gerrard’s comments on the standard of refereeing was absolutely spot on. Now he has seen it first hand I hope the squad use it as a positive catalyst for the season ahead and adopt a siege mentality when it comes to matches here in our league.
They must become clinical in the final third and I am positive that the manager also sees this having spoken about it in his press conference.
Yesterday we looked solid and compact for 80 minutes, the players gave everything and there is lots of reasons to be confident going forward. We look solid and compact, fitness levels much higher than last year and if we can find the right mix going forward we will be a real handful.
With the club set to add more faces to the squad with reports linking us to Jack Simpson from Bournemouth. Sky Sports news broke that story yesterday with Bournemouth waiting to check on Nathan Ake’s injury before allowing the player to join on loan. I had spoken on twitter saying we had heard of an imminent signing due but unfortunately had no idea who that was.
Rangers have become far more professional and fluent in their transfer dealings this summer. Whilst the manager spoke of his disappointment at players names constantly making their way into the press, these names don’t come from within the club anymore. Agents, dealing clubs trying to get more interest, often leak the names out to get better deals.
More significantly perhaps seems the apparent imminent arrival of Borna Barisic from NK Osijek. Having just knocked Osijek out of Europe it seems Rangers have reacted quickly to swoop for the 25 year old Croatian international.
Reports this morning and latest news seem to indicate a fee of £2.2m has been agreed for the player and he will be in Glasgow in the next 48hours to have a medical ahead of his move. Will be interesting to see what happens with that. With Barisic, John, Flanagan and Tavernier, Rangers could have potentially massive choices at full back and brilliant competition.
With interest in Kyle Lafferty still ongoing, it is clear Rangers are not finished in the transfer market, and the EPL transfer window closing this coming weekend the excitement isn’t over for Rangers just yet.
One thing for sure with our club is it is never dull. Huge matches coming up in Europe and domestically mean it’s positive times for Rangers all round. If they give us everything that they did yesterday we will be there or there abouts this season.
If we can get appropriate officiating that will surely be a ‘Bonus’ given how previous years have gone and how this one has started!
Good luck to the team on the week ahead and let’s continue to get behind the players
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