STEVEN McLEAN will take charge of Celtic’s Premiership encounter with St Mirren at Parkhead on Saturday afternoon.

After the repercussions concerning onfield official John Beaton and VAR colleague Nick Walsh following the controversial 3-3 draw at Ibrox on Sunday, the champions are gearing up for the first of six remaining games in their quest for a twelfth title in 13 years.

They lead the Premiership by a point, but their nearest challengers from Govan have a match in hand and face Dundee at Dens Park tomorrow night.

McLean has been given the nod from the Scottish football rulers to officiate in the east end of Glasgow in the 3pm kick-off against Stephen Robinson’s visitors.

THREE CHEERS…Kyogo Furuhashi congratulates Daizen Maeda after his team-mate had scored Celtic’s first goal of 2024 against St Mirren in Paisley on January 2. Paulo Bernardo is about to join in the celebrations. 

David Dickinson will be his VAR assistant while Calum Spence and John McCrossan will run the lines. Peter Stuart has been appointed as the fourth official.

The game is a sell-out with the Hoops fans playing their part in their favourites’ quest for the 54th crown in their history.

Goals from David Turnbull, now with Cardiff City, and South Korean striker Oh Hyeon-gyu gave Celtic a 2-1 win at Parkhead in November.

The Hoops beat the Saints 3-0 in Paisley in the first game of 2024 and also knocked them out of the Scottish Cup at the same venue in February with strikes from Kyogo Furuhshi and Daizen Maeda.

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