Steven McLean announced as Celtic and Partick Thistle ref

By Connor Gordon

September 24, 2019

Celtic are looking to win a quadruple treble and Partick Thistle are the next challengers.

The Hoops haven’t lost a cup match in more than three years.

Despite the team playing at a high level and being undefeated, they may have one familiar obstacle to overturn. Tomorrow’s referee has been announced as the treble stopping Steven McLean.

Celtic must do more than beat Partick Thistle

Neil Lennon’s men are going into the Partick Thistle match high on confidence.

Neil Lennon is a happy man in charge of Celtic. (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)

Undefeated since the embarrassing result at home to Cluj is a massive positive for the team.

Some may believe that fatigue could set in against Partick Thistle as the squad faces another midweek match. However, the Bhoys are going to show everyone that they are going to march on to another win.

Fans will rightly point out that McLean is another obstacle that the Hoops need to overcome.

The Scottish whistler famously stopped a potential treble under Ronny Deila when he didn’t see a clear handball clearance by Inverness Caley. Since then, supporters believe that McLean hasn’t bettered himself when it comes to Celtic matches.

Many will point to institutional bias. However, it’s far more likely that the inept SFA are to blame when it comes to standards.

Steven McLean is in charge for Celtic vs Partick Thistle on Wednesday night. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

This is an organisation that hired Craig Levein and George Burley for national boss, remember.

Hoops must be wary of new manager bounce

For the first time this season, Celtic are up against a team with a new manager.

Ian McCall will take charge of Partick Thistle since moving from Ayr United yesterday afternoon.

Ian McCall’s first match as Partick Thistle boss doesn’t get any harder. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

High flying Ayr are on the look out for manager who will live up to what McCall brings to his teams.

In saying that Celtic must also prepare for the bounce that a new manager can bring to Partick Thistle. The side rock bottom of the Championship are still a dangerous outfit. However, the Hoops should have enough to overcome their Glasgow Derby rivals.