By Gary Keown For The Scottish Daily Mail
Published: 23:56 BST, 20 April 2019 | Updated: 23:56 BST, 20 April 2019
Scotland candidate Steve Clarke has put himself on a collision course with the SFA after branding Steven McLean's display in Kilmarnock's 1-0 home loss to Aberdeen as the worst refereeing performance he has ever seen and demanding the official be banned from all games involving the Rugby Park club.
The 55-year-old opened the door to talks with Hampden chiefs over succeeding Alex McLeish as national team boss on Friday, but now looks likely to be embroiled in another disciplinary hearing with them over his current day job.
Clarke saw his side finish the game with eight men and, although accepting Stuart Findlay's expulsion for two bookable offences, will appeal the sending-offs of Kirk Broadfoot and Rory McKenzie.
Scotland candidate Steve Clarke appears on a collision course with the SFA
However, he also looks sure to be carpeted over his remarks after being given a suspended touchline ban for criticising referee Willie Collum and the SFA's disciplinary processes earlier in the season.
Clarke effectively branded the system corrupt by claiming a red card picked up by Gary Dicker against Hearts in August would never be overturned on appeal because Collum had already been pencilled in for the first Old Firm match of the campaign.