Celtic manager Neil Lennon wasn’t happy with referee Kevin Clancy after he failed to send off Rangers defender Jon Flanagan at Ibrox today, as reported by The Daily Record.
The Gers full-back appeared to elbow Hoops captain Scott Brown in the face as we prepared to attack a corner, an incident that was seen by officials but only deemed to be worthy of a yellow card.
Most fans and pundits agree that Flanagan should have received his marching orders.
Lennon couldn’t quite believe the decision that was made, telling The Daily Record: “Totally unacceptable. For the referee not to give a red card, I’m not distracting away from the rest of the game when we were second best, but the laws of the game are it’s a red card.”
The manager is right to say the incident doesn’t absolve our terrible performance, but given it was just 1-0 in the match when it occurred, it could have been a real game changer and allowed us to pressure the home side more effectively.
Scottish refereeing appears to be at an all time low, with trust in officials completely eroded over a dramatic 2018/19 season.
Sadly things don’t look like changing anytime soon.