Referees confirmed for Scottish Championship double header

Nick Walsh and Stephen Finnie will be in the middle for Sunday’s televised double header with the top two in the Scottish Championship in action.

Stephen Finnie in charge (Alloa v Hearts Scots Champ 31st Jan 2015)
Experienced: Stirling-based Finnie has been officiating in the Scottish top-flight since 2004-05 (Picture from BBC ALBA)

THE match officials for Sunday’s televised Scottish Championship games have been confirmed by the SFA.

Nick Walsh will take charge of Hibernian’s clash with bottom-club Alloa Athletic at Easter Road (KO 13:30 GMT).

Stephen Finnie is the referee for leaders Rangers’ trip to Queen of the South (KO 16:00 GMT).

Both matches involving the two promotion favourites in the second-tier will be screened live on Sky Sports 1.

Walsh – a Category One Development official – will oversee his first Championship game of 2016 and his sixth in total this season.

He has sent off 11 players in 21 games in all competitions this term, issuing 85 yellow cards and awarding nine penalties.

The 30-year-old, from Glasgow, has never encountered Hibs before but was in the middle for Alloa’s 1-0 home defeat by Morton back in August.

Walsh will be assisted by Graham Chambers and Craig Walker, while Euan Anderson is the fourth official.

Nick Walsh referee (Queen's Park v Berwick Rangers - 21st Feb 2015)
Developing: Walsh is in his third season as a senior official (Picture from BBC ALBA)

Meanwhile, Finnie will handle his third Rangers match of the season after their 2-0 Challenge Cup win at Ayr in August and 4-0 Championship win over 10-man Alloa at Ibrox in November.

His only Queen of the South game so far in 2015-16 was their 2-0 home defeat by St Mirren in September, in which he brandished seven bookings.

The 46-year-old has given out 94 yellow cards, seven red cards and pointed to the spot seven times in 23 matches in all competitions this season.

Finnie will work alongside assistants Stuart Hodge and David Roome, with Gavin Ross on fourth official duties at Palmerston Park.

Both Rangers and Hibernian progressed to the Scottish Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday night by beating Premiership opponents and are separated by eight points in the table, with second-placed Hibs having a game in hand.

Queen of the South sit fourth, two points above fifth, while Alloa are four points adrift of safety at the bottom.

Elsewhere, Craig Thomson has been appointed to the Uefa Europa League last 32 first leg tie between Marseille and Athletic Bilbao on Thursday evening.

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