Fans react to referee performance in Rangers loss v Motherwell
By James Black
Rangers fans have savaged referee Steven McLean after his performance in the 2-0 Scottish League Cup defeat to Motherwell – and even fans of other Scottish clubs have joined in.
The referee had an absolutely horrid 90 minutes at Hampden as he got virtually every big decision wrong.
McLean could have sent off at least three or four players but instead opted to send both managers to the stands before becoming card happy towards the end and booking anyone.
The worst decision of the match, arguably, came when he ignored Fabio Cardoso taking an elbow to the face – leaving the defender with a broken nose and blood all over his face – and allowed play to continue.
When Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha protested the decision, McLean sent him and his counterpart Stephen Robinson to the stand after tempers flared.
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Fans on both sides were baffled by the referee’s performance and took to social media to vent their anger.
Here are some of their comments:
I HATE Steven McLean – worst ref EVER. Most blatant red you will see
— Dale Jenkins (@djwyc14) October 22, 2017
pic.twitter.com/8WRXhI3gMQ Steven McLean waves play on
— Gordon Speirs (@norgerpd) October 22, 2017
@spfl Steven McLean will surely be under investigation for that display today, missed so many decisions for both sides. Embarrassing
— Allan Rough (@AllanRough2) October 22, 2017
Steven McLean you are a turd of a referee. I now apologise to turds.
— (((Malcolm))) (@MalcolmBrown53) October 22, 2017
Must be close to the worst ref I have ever seen. Steven McLean take a bow. Absolutely hopeless.
— john blair (@theboyblair) October 22, 2017
Fair play to Motherwell stuck to the game plan but Steven McLean should never referee at any level ever again # comedian.
— Boyder . (@BoyderRangers) October 22, 2017
Steven Mclean should never referee ever again , P45 if ever one was needed????????????????????????
— Billy Smith (@Steveibrox) October 22, 2017
Despite Scottish fans almost universally panning McLean’s performance, there was one dissenting opinion – Motherwell boss Robinson – who thought the ref had a “good game” as quoted by Radio Clyde’s official Twitter account.
Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson thinks Steven McLean “had a good game today”
— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) October 22, 2017
Fans across the country will now be anxioulsy checking referee appointments for Wednesday’s Scottish Premiership fixtures in the hope McLean’s name doesn’t appear next to their club.
In other Rangers news, Gers fans reacted on Twitter in hilarious fashion after Celtic lost to Bayern Munich.