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DERBY DEBUT REF FOR IBROX CLASH

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NICK WALSH will make his debut as referee in a Glasgow derby at Ibrox on Sunday.

The 30-year-old rookie match official will be in charge of a confrontation between Celtic and the Govan club for the first time in the midday encounter.

The visitors will be hoping a change of ref may bring a change in luck after Bobby Madden officiated in the previous two games at the venue this season.

The whistler controversially red-carded Nir Bitton for a challenge on Alfredo Morelos on the hour mark with the Hoops on top in the January 2 meeting. The 10 men lost 1-0 when Callum McGregor deflected a right-wing corner-kick into his own net for a freakish effort.

And Madden was the man in the middle in the Scottish Cup exit earlier this month when Jonjoe Kenny put through his own goal for Steven Gerrard’s side’s second goal in the 2-0 loss.

The last time Walsh was the referee in a Celtic game was earlier this month when John Kennedy’s team had their biggest win of the season, 6-0 against Livingston at Parkhead.

Alan Mulvanny and Calum Spence will be the assistants.

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