Steve Clarke: Kilmarnock manager charged over Steven McLean comments

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Clarke said McLean should not be allowed to referee Killie matches again after he sent off three players during last week’s 1-0 defeat by Aberdeen

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke has been charged over comments he made about referee Steven McLean in the wake of Aberdeen’s 1-0 defeat of his side last weekend.

Three Killie players were sent off by McLean throughout the game, which was decided by Scott McKenna’s 66th-minute strike.

McLean dismissed Kirk Broadfoot, Stuart Findlay and Rory McKenzie during last weekend’s fixture

McLean dismissed Kirk Broadfoot, Stuart Findlay and Rory McKenzie during last weekend’s fixture

Clarke called McLean’s performance the ‘worst he had ever seen’, and suggested the 38-year-old should not be allowed to oversee KIlmarnock matches given his father used to play for the Rugby Park club.

Stuart McLean made over 550 appearances for Killie throughout a 16-year career, and he was inducted into their Hall of Fame three years ago for his services to the club.

“Since I’ve been here, he’s always seemed to struggle with Kilmarnock games,” Clarke said of the younger McLean after last weekend’s match.

“Maybe, or definitely, that’s because his father was a player here for so many years. Whether he feels the pressure of that, it seems to affect his performance.

“I have mentioned privately that maybe Steven shouldn’t referee Kilmarnock games just to take that burden, that extra pressure, off him. Now I’m saying it publicly.

“I think it would be better for Steven as a referee and for Kilmarnock as club.”

He has since been charged for his comments, with a hearing to take place on May 9.

Killie currently sit fourth in the Premiership, three points behind third place Aberdeen, ahead of Saturday’s visit of Celtic to Rugby Park.

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