Confirmed: Controversial referee appointed to Celtic vs Livingston

By John McGinley

March 3, 2022

Referee Nick Walsh will take charge of a Celtic game for the first time in over three months this weekend after being appointed to our Scottish Premiership clash against Livingston.

Walsh last officiated a Bhoys match in the Scottish League Cup semi-final against St Johnstone, which Celtic managed to win 1-0 thanks to a goal from James Forrest.

He’s been at the heart of much controversy in Scottish football over the last 12 months.

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John Kennedy criticised the whistler last season in a derby against Rangers, telling Sky Sports he was ‘disappointed’ with his performance on the day and that his explanations for some decisions didn’t make sense.

Walsh also greatly annoyed Celtic supporters in another match against St Johnstone earlier this season when Chris Kane lashed out at Cameron Carter-Vickers only for the Bhoys defender to be booked.

It’s not just in Celtic matches he’s been at the centre of a media storm in either.

His decisions during a match between Rangers and Hibernian were called into question, with the Edinburgh club subsequently appealing a red card issued to Ryan Porteous.

Pundit Michael Stewart also severely criticised the referee for his performance in a match between Rangers and Hearts, claiming that he ‘lost the plot’ and was ‘pulling yellow cards out all over the place’ in a 2-0 win for the Ibrox side. [Football Scotland]

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Hibs manager Shaun Maloney also claimed just last month that Walsh missed a ‘clear penalty’ in a fixture with Rangers. [The Daily Record]

The Scottish FA continue to back him heavily though and seem to have him earmarked for big appointments in the years ahead. Not only did he take charge of his first Celtic vs Rangers match last season but also officiated the Scottish Cup Final.

Frank Connor and Calum Spence will be the assistant referees on Sunday against Livingston, with Bobby Madden serving as the fourth official.

Let’s hope the SFA men are not those making the headlines.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou pushing for future Celtic trip to Japan.