Cup final ref named as Celtic bid to keeping winning run going

Willie Collum will referee next month’s League Cup final it has been announced.

The whistler will take charge of the fixture on 8 December at Hampden as Celtic bid to win their 10th consecutive domestic competition.

Collum was in charge of Celtic’s last final, which the Hoops came from behind to win 2-1 against Hearts, with the equaliser coming from a penalty.

Collum has previously refereed two other finals involving Celtic. The League Cup final in 2012 was won by Kilmarnock, with the ref missing a stonewall penalty after Anthony Stokes was upended in the box.

He also refereed the 2013 Scottish Cup final which Celtic won 3-0, thanks to a double from Gary Hooper and another one from Joe Ledley.

This will only be Collum’s second fixture involving the Ibrox club after they complained about his performance in a match against St Mirren last November.

A statement after the game read: “It read: “Rangers afforded the governing body the opportunity to let common sense prevail and we are surprised they have chosen not to do so by correcting what was, and what remains an inexplicable decision by the match referee, Willie Collum.

“Rangers shall now seek a fundamental review of the rules relating to red cards which result from two bookings of a player in a game.”

This was intriguing on a number of levels, not least as it used “common sense” and “Rangers” in the same sentence.

In October 2010, Collum infamously awarded the then Rangers a penalty after turning his back on play.

The “honest mistake” in awarding a penalty for an incident he couldn’t have seen was compounded by the fact the Rangers player had, in the words of Charlie Nicholas, above, taken a “complete and utter dive”.

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