Kevin Clancy to handle first Dundee derby of 2016

Kevin Clancy has been confirmed as the referee for the first Dundee derby of 2016 when Dundee host bottom-club Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

Kevin Clancy referee (Dundee Utd 0-1 Hearts - 18th Oct 2015)
Previous: Clancy sent off United midfielder Blair Spittal and awarded the Jambos a spotkick which proved to be the only goal in Hearts’ 1-0 win at Tannadice in October (Picture from Sky Sports)

KEVIN Clancy will take charge of Saturday’s Dundee derby at Dens Park in the Scottish Premiership (KO 12:30 GMT).

The 32-year-old’s only other fixture involving the two sides was the 2015 New Year clash at Tannadice as Dundee United thrashed Dundee 6-2.

He will be assisted for the televised lunchtime kick-off by David McGeachie and Douglas Ross while the fourth official will be Don Robertson.

It will be Clancy’s 22nd game of the season in all competitions – he has so far brandished 87 yellow cards, awarded five penalties and sent off four players.

Clancy has handled three Dundee United games so far this season – all at home against Aberdeen on the opening weekend, Inverness in September and Hearts in October.

He has also overseen two Dundee matches in the league – their 2-1 home win over St Johnstone in mid-August and 1-1 draw at Hearts in November.

His last match was Wednesday night’s goalless draw between Aberdeen and Partick Thistle at Pittodrie, in which he issued five yellow cards.

Kevin Clancy watches on (Rangers v St Johnstone - 22nd Sept 2015)
Respected: Clancy is widely regarded as a lenient referee who keeps control of games well and rarely attracts controversy (Picture from BBC Scotland)

The Renfrewshire-based whistler first took up the whistle in 2000 and was admitted to the Scottish FA five years later.

Clancy was promoted to a Category One referee in 2009 and – having hugely impressed in the SFL – oversaw his first SPL match in April 2012.

Such was his fast progression, he was even recognised by Fifa – one of seven currently from Scotland on the list – before his promotion to the top-flight had been confirmed.

Clancy has refereed the 2014 Ramsdens Cup Final, League Cup and Scottish Cup quarter-finals, while he has been fourth official for two League Cup Finals and an additional assistant referee for the 2014 Scottish Cup Final.

He could also be part of Willie Collum’s team of officials who will travel to France next summer for the 2016 European Championships.

Kevin Clancy in charge (Dundee United v Hearts - 18th Oct 2015)
Dozen: Clancy has now officiated 12 Premiership games so far in 2015-16 (Picture from Sky Sports)

This season’s other Dundee derby – a dramatic 2-2 draw at Tannadice in August – was handled by fellow Fifa official John Beaton.

Dundee and Dundee United are the two closest geographical rivals in British football – separated by a mere 30 yards on Tannadice Street in the City of Discovery but five places currently in the Premiership table.

Elsewhere, on a day of derbies in the Scottish top-flight, John Beaton will referee the Highland derby between Inverness and Ross County at the Caledonian Stadium (KO 15:00 GMT).

Greg Aitken will take charge of Motherwell’s clash with Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton Academical at Fir Park (KO 15:00 GMT) while Stephen Finnie will be on duty at Celtic Park as Partick Thistle make the short trip from west Glasgow to visit the champions (KO 15:00 GMT).

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