Referee set to take charge of first Celtic Scottish Premiership clash in 18 months

By Lewis Laird

August 24, 2022

Steven McLean has been appointed as the referee that will take charge of Celtic’s trip to face Dundee United on Sunday [SFA].

The 41-year-old will be the man in the middle as Bhoys look to continue their perfect start to the Scottish Premiership season, travelling to Tannadice.

He will be joined by assistants Daniel McFarlane and Andy Milne, as well as Chris Graham, who is the fourth official for this weekend’s game.

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McLean has already had an outing at Tannadice this campaign, having taken charge of United’s 1-0 loss against Livingston at the beginning of August.

Alongside that clash, the experienced whistler has only been in charge of two further games this season, including Queens Park vs Partick Thistle and Bonnyrigg Rose against Hibernian in the Premier Sports cup.

Sunday’s game will also mark the first Scottish Premiership fixture involving Celtic since February 2021 that Steven McLean has refereed [Transfermarkt].

However, McLean was named as the man in the middle for one of Ange Postecoglou’s fixtures in the 2021/22 campaign, which was the Bhoys’ fifth-round Scottish Cup tie at home against Raith Rovers.

Despite not being involved in many of Celtic’s games in recent seasons, McLean has plenty of experience of the Hoops, including a Glasgow Derby outing at Ibrox during the 2016/17 campaign.

As is the case with the majority of Scottish referees, he has also been involved in controversial moments over the years.

Famously, the Scottish whistler failed to spot a handball in the penalty area during Celtic’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Inverness Caley Thistle in 2015.

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Of course, that fixture took place a long time ago now, and there have been plenty more incidents within Scottish Football since then.

But, with a watchful eye from supporters and pundits across the country currently on referees, both teams involved on Sunday and Steven McLean will be hoping that the man in the middle isn’t the talking point going into next week.

Either way, the referee shouldn’t be a factor if Ange Postecoglou’s side can play the attacking football, we know they can, and the Celtic boss will not look to McLean as an excuse should any decisions not go his team’s way.

In other news, Celtic coach shares how much he has enjoyed working alongside Ange Postecoglou.