KEVIN CLANCY will be the man in charge when Celtic take on Hearts at Parkhead on Saturday.

The champions will be hoping the appointment will not act as a bad omen after the referee’s last outing at the venue saw the team lose to the Tynecastle outfit in mid-December.

The dreary 2-0 loss – with Brendan Rodgers’ side two goals adrift at the interval – remains the club’s only home domestic defeat this season.

The loss came on the back of a 2-1 collapse to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park the previous weekend as the Premiership pacesetters carelessly shed six points in back-to-back encounters.

Nick Walsh will be on VAR duty while Colin Steven will be the fourth official as the Hoops, three points ahead with four games to play, focus on their third successive title and their twelfth crown in 13 years.

Rodgers and Co will have revenge in mind after also losing 2-0 to Steven Naismith’s team in the controversial meeting in Edinburgh in March when Yang Hyeon-gyu was sent off early in the game and the hosts were awarded a VAR-assisted phantom penalty-kick just before the interval.

Don Robertson was the onfield official with John Beaton in the VAR studios that day.

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