The referee for Sunday’s fixture between Celtic and St Johnstone has been confirmed, and David Dickinson will be the man in charge.

The Bhoys travel to McDiarmid Park looking to continue their title charge after another midweek victory against Livingston.

Callum Davidson’s side go into this one off the back of their first victory in seven games, following a 2-0 win against Motherwell at Fir Park.

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Both teams’ minds would have quickly switched to the next game, which takes place in just a few days’ time, up in Perth.

The refereeing team for the fixture has already been confirmed on the SFA website, and David Dickinson will be the man in the middle.

He will be joined on the sidelines by Calum Spence and Ross Macleod as his assistants, and David Munro will be the fourth official.

In charge of the VAR will be Greg Aitken, who is also joined by the assistant VAR official, David Dunne.

The 42-year-old referee is yet to take charge of a St Johnstone fixture this season, with Sunday’s game being his first of the 2022/23 campaign.

However, Dickinson has been the main official for two of Celtic’s Scottish Premiership fixtures in the second half of 2022.

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In August, he was the man in the middle for the Hoops 5-0 annihilation of Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. That game was, in fact, the first Celtic fixture Dickinson had been in charge of.

His second game came a few months later in more controversial fashion.

Dickinson was the first referee to take charge of a Scottish domestic fixture at Celtic Park, which involved VAR, in early November.

That afternoon, the Bhoys left it late to defeat Dundee United. However, there was visible frustration from that game, with some of the decisions and the length of time it took for VAR to make each call.

Alexandro Bernabei was harshly punished for a handball decision at Celtic Park that day. Pundit Michael Stewart was left extremely surprised by the call.

We are now several months down the line from the first domestic use of the technology at Celtic Park, and there are still teething problems which all clubs are having to face.

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I am sure both Ange Postecoglou and Callum Davidson will be hoping that isn’t the case this weekend, and most of the talking is about the football on display.

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