For the third time in 14 SPFL Premiership matches Celtic will be refereed by Kevin Clancy in tonight’s game at Motherwell.
The last time that Clancy was in charge of a Celtic match he refused to send off Dolly Menga for attempting to head-butt Ryan Christie, the SFA reacted with a two match suspension that ruled the Livingston striker out of matches against the tribute act and Motherwell.
Despite the small pool of referees it seems strange that Clancy is getting Celtic matches so regularly. Don Robertson has already refereed three SPFL Premiership matches involving Brendan Rodgers’ side.
There are five other referees on the FIFA list- John Beaton, Willie Collum, Andrew Dallas, Bobby Madden and Nick Walsh but for some reason Robertson and Clancy seem to be given preference on Celtic matches.
Since his failure to send off Menga, Clancy has only refereed one match- Saturday’s clash between St Mirren and Hamilton which produced one red card and five yellow.
The SFA had a choice of six matches to give Clancy tonight to keep him in the top flight, for reasons best known to themselves they have given him another Celtic match.
His other Celtic match was away at St Johnstone on October 7 making three of his last six Premiership matches games involving Celtic.