Alan Muir to referee Aberdeen v Celtic

ALAN Muir will be the man in the middle when champions Celtic travel to Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership this weekend.

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Experienced head: Alan Muir has been refereeing in the Scottish top-flight since the start of the 2008-09 season (Picture from Zimbio.com)

ALAN Muir will be the man in the middle when champions Celtic travel to Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership this weekend.

The 40-year-old will take charge of both sides for the first time this season in Sunday’s televised lunchtime kick-off at Pittodrie, live on Sky Sports (KO 12:30).

He will be assisted by David McGeachie and Michael Banks while George Salmond will assume fourth official duties.

It will only be the Edinburgh whistler’s fourth top-flight game of the season – and his first since handling Kilmarnock’s 2-1 win over St Mirren in mid-September.

Muir – whose occupation is a stock controller – has officiated 12 games in all competitions so far this campaign but has mainly dipped in between the Championship and League One.

He has brandished an average of four yellow cards per game, with his only red card shown to Queen of the South’s Kevin Holt in their 4-3 Championship defeat at Raith Rovers last month.

Muir sent off 11 players in 37 matches in total last term, which concluded with four straight Premiership matches and an appointment as an additional assistant referee for the Scottish Cup Final between St Johnstone and Dundee United.

He last oversaw Celtic in February’s 1-0 victory over St Mirren while his last Aberdeen game came in their 1-1 draw with St Johnstone in April.

Muir, a Uefa Category One official for two years before being removed from the list in 2011, once officiated a famous 9-0 Celtic success over the Dons in November 2010 in which he sent off a player from either side at Parkhead.

Two months later, he dismissed Aberdeen skipper Andy Considine in just the second minute before the Hoops ran out 3-0 winners in his last experience of a fixture between the two teams considered to be the powerhouses of Scottish football of late.

Fifth-placed Aberdeen can move as high as second depending on Saturday’s results while Celtic are in third with 23 points from 11 games.

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