Referee and officials announced for Celtic's trip to face Ross County

By Lewis Laird

April 20, 2022

The SFA have released referee appointment details for this weekend’s Scottish Premiership fixtures, with Kevin Clancy taking charge of Celtic’s trip to Dingwall as they face Ross County.

This week’s news in Scottish football has been filled full of refereeing decisions, controversy, and of course, the latest announcement that video assistant referees will be coming to Scotland midway through the 2022/23 season.

But, there won’t be such help for Clancy and other officials until then, with the man in the middle being joined by Frank Connor and Jonathan Bell as his assistants, with Matthew MacDermid as the fourth official this Sunday.

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Clancy’s most recent outing in a Celtic game was the last time the Bhoys dropped points in the league – when they were held to a 0-0 draw at Easter Road by Hibernian in February.

Since that game, Clancy has been in the headlines for his poor officiating in St Johnstone’s 1-0 win over Livingston, which saw Livi denied a stonewall penalty for one of the most blatant handball calls you will see all season.

Everyone could do without a similar blunder this weekend, regardless of what team it benefits!

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Postecoglou will be hoping for no more refereeing controversy

With only five games remaining in the Scottish Premiership, it feels like Celtic are almost there in their quest to win back the title after last season’s disappointment.

However, this is Scottish football, and anything can change in just a few moments in games, which I am sure the squad will be wary of.

Whether that be a defensive mistake or a poor refereeing call, the players know what is at stake and that they must be at the top of their game to deliver another crucial three points.

It would typically be Celtic’s luck if the Bhoys were to suffer a poor refereeing call on the week VAR was announced. But this group of players will be entirely focusing on going out to secure a comfortable win this weekend.

In other news, Reo Hatate’s comments and the open door for Ange Postecoglou to make midfield changes.