Celtic dropped points for the first time in this season’s domestic campaign and surprisingly it came at the hands of struggling Hibernian in a 1-1 draw at Easter Road.
Neil Lennon named a strong starting XI with Olivier Ntcham getting a starting berth after impressing in the mid-week win over Patrick Thistle, scoring a double in the process. More of Ntcham later.
The Parkhead side has been scoring goals for fun this season and with Glasgow rivals, Rangers, putting six past Hibs, few would’ve bet against the Bhoys doing something similar.
Despite the surprising result, little has been made of the performance of Celtic but more so the man in the middle, Kevin Clancy.
Failing to award two penalties potentially cost Celtic all three points, he also failed to handle the incident involving Olivier Ntcham with any real authority, he was lucky to escape with a yellow card but two wrongs don’t make a right.
Fans took to twitter to express their anger at the ineptitude of Clancy’s display.
Watching sportscene and Kevin Clancy’s refereeing display is an absolute joke. Standard of officiating seems to get worse every year
— Charlie (@CharlieHarris99) September 29, 2019
Kevin Clancy had an absolute howler for the Hibs vs Celtic game.
— RMC (@rmc_on_mma) September 29, 2019
Kevin Clancy doesn’t get enough recognition as being the country’s worst referee imo.
— Matt Greer ???? (@Matt24Greer) September 29, 2019
I thought Kevin Clancy was bad in the Aberdeen game midweek, but that’s some performance yesterday. ????????
— Pete (@Pistol1874) September 29, 2019
Hahahaha Kevin Clancy is a joke of a ref
— Oscar (@OscarJ_674) September 29, 2019
I have seen some poor referees over the years but Kevin clancy’s performance yesterday was abysmal
— Billy McLellan (@BillyMcLellan7) September 29, 2019
After that blatent cheating from Kevin Clancy @ScottishFA will reward him with our semi final. How did his lino and himself miss both stonewall penalties? They are not fit to referee juniors never mind the champions of Scotland.
— Ped Bolingoli (@Pedmcc) September 28, 2019
Clancy had an appalling game and these tweets are the ones that aren’t X-rated, the most damning indictment is that football fans from across Scotland all condemned the whistlers performance not just Hibs and Celtic. When both managers think you have cost them the game you know you’ve had a stinker!