Kevin Clancy to officiate 2014 Ramsdens Cup Final

Kevin Clancy will be the man in the middle for the 2014 Ramsdens Cup Final between Raith Rovers and Rangers at Easter Road next month.

Kevin Clancy watches on (Stranraer v Dundee Utd - 8th Feb 2015)
International: Clancy became a Fifa referee in January 2012 (Picture from Sky Sports)

REFEREE Kevin Clancy will take charge of the 2014 Ramsdens Cup Final between Raith Rovers and Rangers, the SFA have confirmed.

The 30-year-old has been appointed to oversee the showpiece on Sunday, April 6, at Hibernian’s Easter Road stadium.

Stephen Mitchell and Joseph Lawson will be the assistant referees, with Greg Aitken named as the fourth official.

Clancy was admitted to the Scottish FA list of referees in June 2005 and became a Category One official four years later.

He officiated League One champions Rangers’ 2-0 win over nearest challengers Dunfermline at Ibrox earlier this month, sending off Pars defender Danny Grainger in the second half.

The Renfrewshire-based whistler attracted criticism for his handling of a Scottish League Cup quarter-final between Inverness and Dundee United earlier this term when brandishing 13 yellow cards and sending off Nadir Ciftci for allegedly grabbing the throat of linesman Gavin Harris.

Clancy, who was the fourth official for last season’s League Cup final at Hampden Park, has never been the man in the middle for a national final before.

His stature has grown significantly this term, receiving 13 Scottish Premiership appointments and last-eight ties in both the League Cup and Scottish Cup.

Clancy has refereed 29 games in all competitions this season, brandishing 140 yellows and two red cards and awarding seven penalties.

Championship side Raith beat Annan Athletic 3-0 in the Ramsdens Cup semi-finals under Clancy’s stewardship back in October while the Light Blues progressed to the final with a cagey 1-0 win over Stenhousemuir.

Queen of the South lifted the Challenge Cup last year following a penalty shoot-out victory over Partick Thistle at Livingston’s Almondvale Stadium.

Rovers supporters will be housed in the Famous Five Stand with an initial allocation of 3,500 for their first final in 20 years with Rangers fans expected to fill the rest of the 20,000 available seats.

The 16:05 kick-off will be screened live on BBC ALBA.

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