Calum Murray to ref Motherwell v Celtic

EXPERIENCED referee Calum Murray will be the man at the helm when Scottish Premiership champions Celtic travel to Motherwell this Saturday lunchtime.

Calum Murray referee

CALUM Murray will be the man in the middle for Saturday’s Scottish Premiership early kick-off between Motherwell and Celtic.

The 47-year-old will be the referee at Fir Park for the televised clash – live on Sky Sports – between managerless ‘Well and the champions (KO 12:45).

He will be assisted by linesmen Graeme Leslie and Gary Hilland while the fourth official will be John McKendrick.

The experienced Edinburgh-based whistler has already been appointed to Inverness against St Mirren in Tuesday night’s Scottish Cup fourth round replay.

The systems developer – who is the oldest match official in Scotland – will oversee his 18th game of the season in all competitions in north Lanarkshire this weekend.

In his 16 so far, he has handed out 55 yellow cards and sent off two players, while awarding three penalties.

It will be the first time Murray will encounter Ronny Deila’s Celtic this term while he took charge of Motherwell’s 1-0 win over St Mirren on the opening weekend.

He has been officiating in the Scottish top-flight since 2000 and was a Fifa referee for eight years until reaching the mandatory retirement age in 2013.

His only major final was the 2009 Ramsdens Cup Final at St Johnstone’s McDiarmid Park when Airdrie beat Ross County on penalties.

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