It has been confirmed that Nick Walsh will take charge of Celtc’s Viaplay Cup final clash against Rangers on Sunday 26th of February.

Ange Postecoglou’s side reached the final of the competition after seeing off Ross County, Motherwell and then Kilmarnock in the semi-finals.

The fixture at Hampden Park will be a huge occasion as the Hoops take on Glasgow rivals Rangers for the first trophy of the season.

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Of course, Celtic are in Scottish Premiership action this weekend before they can start thinking about trying to secure back-to-back League Cup final victories.

But details are being confirmed ahead of the fixture, which takes place at the country’s national stadium in just over one week’s time.

One of those key details being confirmed this afternoon was who will be the referee for the cup final, taking place on the 26th of February.

The man in the middle at Hampden Park will be experienced whistler Nick Walsh. He will be joined by assistants Frank Connor and David Roome, as well as fourth official Kevin Clancy [SFA].

On VAR duties for this one will be John Beaton, and his assistant in the VAR booth with be Graeme Stewart.

Supporters will have become very familiar with the 32-year-old over the years after taking charge of plenty of Celtic fixtures since 2016.

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This season, Walsh has had a fair share of games involving Ange Postecoglou’s side, including the opening-day victory against Aberdeen and the emphatic 4-0 Glasgow derby win.

He also had two recent outings at Celtic Park, overseeing the 2-0 victory over Kilmarnock and the 3-0 win against Livingston at the beginning of the month.

Arguably his most controversial outings involving Celtic this season, though, came back in October, when he was in charge of the Bhoys’ first Scottish Premiership game with VAR.

The new technology was put to use in a 4-3 win over Hearts at Tynecastle, and the referee received criticism on that afternoon.

Of course, this Viaplay Cup final will be the first of its kind, with the Video Assistant Referee being utilised for the first time ever in a Scottish Football showpiece fixture.

So, there is likely to be plenty of eyes on Walsh and his team as Celtic play it out against their Glasgow rivals for the first trophy of the 2022/23 campaign.

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