Inept, irrational and inconsistent referee Kevin Clancy shocked everybody by calling the Conner Goldson 11th minute penalty blunder with Glasgow Rangers correctly.
A careless challenge by the Gers defender, who was unaware that Aberdeen’s Gary Mackay-Steven was behind him as he slid in for the ball, missed it and clipped his leg as he fell.
Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor got his hand to Sam Cosgrove’s spot kick to put the Dons 1-0 up, which led to Goldson being criticised by the hard-to-please Gers fans on Twitter.
There were dozens of fouls that the extremely biased whistler called wrongly against Rangers and Alfredo Morelos.
Clancy should never be on the same pitch as the Gers’ centre forward, as he seizes and relishes any opportunity to book the young striker.
The referee also allows the opposition defenders to foul and collide with the Rangers man constantly, just itching for Morelos to lose his temper to send him off.
Someone at Rangers should be recording all their games that feature as many of Clancy’s poor performances as possible, to show the equally biased Clare at the SFA office.
I admit it was a difficult match to referee, and I also thought that Graeme Shinnie was lucky to only receive a yellow card.
Rangers were often second best, particularly in the first half, although the football, or should I say, the severe lack of football shown by Aberdeen was astounding.
Under the circumstances, I’m happy to take the replay back to Ibrox on March 12.
The return game will present Rangers the opportunity to earn more money out of the Scottish Cup, with 50,000 fans paying £28 approximately for their tickets.
Far too many players were not at the races, especially Ryan Jack, Borna Barisic, Ryan Kent and Goldson.
Aberdeen completely spoiled the game by using the same tactics played by Hamilton and Livingston and other lesser teams do against a footballing Rangers side.
Punting the hot potato up the park at every opportunity, then barging, cajoling and fouling for every 50/50 ball – horrible to watch stuff Derek McInnes – shame on you.
However, the Rangers side lacked urgency, and Steven Gerrard had to remind them what was at stake during his half-time pep talk.
james Tavernier is never a captain, and there was a serious lack of character in the disgraceful first half showing.
Joe Worrall has been the defender who has received most of the criticism this season, but on this occasion he was Rangers man of the match – and scored the equaliser.