Confirmed: Next 5 Celtic referee appointments including cup final and derby
The Scottish FA have confirmed Celtic’s next five refereeing appointments from this weekend’s Scottish League Cup final to the derby against Rangers at the start of next month.
Ordinarily, the appointments are confirmed around a week in advance. However, with a busy festive period ahead they’ve taken the step to confirm officials for all five matches.
John Beaton takes charge of the upcoming final against Hibernian at Hampden. Graeme Stewart and Calum Spence will run the line, while Greg Aitken is the fourth official.
The trip to St Mirren on 22nd December will be officiated by David Munro, assisted by Ralph Gordon and Jonathan Bell. Lloyd Wilson is the fourth official.
Kevin Clancy then oversees the Boxing Day clash at McDiarmid Park against St Johnstone with the normally senior Bobby Madden as fourth official. Sean Carr and John McCrossan will be assistant referees.
Bobby Madden does take control of one of the fixtures however, at Celtic Park against Hibernian on December 29th. Graeme Stewart and Garry Hilland will wave the flags, with Craig Napier in charge of the dugouts.
That brings us to the big derby against Rangers. Willie Collum will be in charge of that one, assisted by David McGeachie and Daniel McFarlane. Nick Walsh will be the fourth official.
And that’s the line-up of men in the middle for Celtic over this crucial period.
Refereeing standards have really been in the headlines of late and it would be a miracle for these games to conclude without a high-profile mistake or two as part of it all.
Let’s just hope they don’t miss blatant red cards or penalties like they did last night against Ross County, eh?