Referee set for rare Celtic duty as SFA confirm pre-World Cup assignments

By Dave Flanigan

November 10, 2022

David Munro is set to take charge of Celtic’s Scottish Premiership home game against Ross County on Saturday, the first time he’ll have been the main referee for a Hoops game so far in 2022.

Munro was the fourth official for Celtic’s 3-0 Glasgow derby demolition of Rangers in February, and the 6-1 victory over Hibs this season, but has not been involved in a Celtic match this season otherwise.

He has recent history in Glasgow however, issuing a straight red card to Livingston’s Morgan Boyes after a VAR review in the Lions’ 1-1 draw with Rangers at Ibrox last month.

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As confirmed on the SFA website, Munro’s assistant referees will be Ross Macleod and David Doig, with fourth official Matthew MacDermid, and the refereeing team is rounded off with VAR officials Euan Anderson and David McGeachie.

Munro last refereed a Celtic game in December 2021 when the Hoops 0-0 drew in Paisley with St Mirren, as Ange Postecoglou’s much-depleted side couldn’t break down the Buddies’ low-block in the midst of a wild December injury crisis.

He also took charge of Celtic’s 3-0 Premier Sports Cup win over Raith Rovers last season, dismissing Rovers’ Dario Zanatta for two second-half yellow cards as the Hoops comfortably progressed in the competition they eventually won for Ange Postecoglou’s first piece of silverware in Scotland

Of course, VAR will doubtlessly be the topic of any refereeing discourse should there be contentious calls on Saturday, the technology continued its chaotic introduction into Scottish football in Celtic’s 2-1 win over Motherwell at Fir Park last night when Josh Morris mystifiyingly stayed on the pitch despite a wild lunge on Carl Starfelt.

Postecoglou’s side have become pretty adept at overcoming VAR’s shortcomings, but will hope for a more comfortable afternoon on Saturday as they look to go into the Qatar World Cup break on a high, at least seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

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