Celtic fans on Twitter have been reacting to the news that controversial referee Willie Collum will take charge of the upcoming Old Firm match at Ibrox on Sunday.
The appointment was announced on the SFA’s official website.
Fans don’t seem particularly pleased with the news of Collum’s appointment as he in notorious in the eyes of some supporters for giving Rangers a penalty in an Old Firm game in 2010 when he had his back turned and couldn’t properly see the incident.
Interestingly, it will be the first Hoops game that Collum has refereed since the Bhoys lost 4-0 at Hearts in December, and as one Tweeter pointed out Brendan Rodgers’ side haven’t won a match that Collum has refereed this season.
Here are some of the best reactions from Twitter to the news of Collum’s appointment:
Willie Collum for Sunday. It just had to be. Let’s hope we’re talking about the football after the game & not him.
— Gerry McGurk (@GerryMcGurk2) March 6, 2018
Refs etc for Sunday
1 short of a Hun 5 a side Team 🤣
Fourth Official Andrew Dallas
— Celtic Collectibles (@CollectCelticFC) March 6, 2018
We've not won a game this season where Collum has been the ref. Three draws and a defeat. Just saying.
— Richard McGinley (@Richiestoke) March 6, 2018
yip and if collum is not looking they are getting a pen for sure
— tony gordon (@gordon_tony) March 6, 2018
What a couple of Stats this is for Sunday's referee Willie Collum. His last #Celtic game was the 4-0 defeat at Tynecastle. The last 2 games he's refereed for them was the 2-1 defeat at Killie & the 2-1 defeat at Ibrox by Hibs. Interesting!!
— Scott Alcroft (@ScottAlcroft) March 6, 2018
This is quite a problem – I could say that for every ref in Scotland. They are all awful
— Harry Brady (@HarryBradyCU) March 6, 2018
Collum’s last Old Firm game passed by with relatively little incident when the Hoops won 2-0 in last season’s Scottish Cup semi-final, the only talking point James Tavernier getting a yellow card and not a red for a foul on Leigh Griffiths which lead to a penalty.
Both the SFA and Collum will be hoping that Sunday’s game is as uneventful and that he isn’t the centre of attention once more.
In other Celtic news, Dermot Gallagher has given his verdict on a controversial penalty awarded to the Hoops