WILLIE COLLUM will make history at midday on Saturday when he blows his whistle to kick-off a new SPFL Glasgow derby.
The controversial referee, famed for having eyes in the back of his head, will referee the match at Celtic Park where the 5 in a Row Scottish Champions will play the club founded by Charles Green in 2012 for the very first time in the league.
Having started life in the fourth tier The “Rangers” won back to back promotions and even reached the Championship play-offs in the third year. They were humiliated by a poor Motherwell side, losing 6-1 on aggregate.
However they managed to win the Championship in their fourth season by pulling away from Hibs after the Edinburgh side had a period of poor form. The tables were turned in last season’s Scottish Cup Final when Hibs, aided by Celtic loanees Anthony Stokes and Liam Henderson, came back from 2-1 down to in 3-2 with two dramatic late goals to deny the new club their first ever major honour.
Collum once famously awarded the former Rangers club, which was placed into liquidation in June 2012, a penalty despite clearly looking the other way. He later claimed he HEARD contact was made thus awarded the spot kick.
Assistant Referees at the weekend are Frank Connor and Douglas Ross with the 4th Official duties being handled by Kevin Clancy.
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