Kevin Clancy will take charge of Celtic’s lunchtime clash with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Saturday afternoon, the SPFL has confirmed.
The 34-year-old will be in the middle for his first Hoops game of 2018 as the champions and current Scottish Premiership leaders visit Ayrshire for the 12:30pm kick-off, which will be screened live on BT Sport.
Celtic are unbeaten in the 25 previous games that the Fifa whistler has officiated, winning 23 and drawing two – stretching back to his first in February 2013. The only other occasion he’s previously handled a game between the two sides was three years ago in a 2-0 away victory for the Hoops.
It will be the fifth time Clancy will encounter Brendan Rodgers’s side this season in what will be his 28th match of the campaign overall in all competitions. He has so far brandished 107 yellow cards, sent off five players and awarded three penalties.
The Glasgow-born official was also in charge of Celtic’s 4-1 win over Hearts on the opening weekend, October’s 4-2 League Cup semi-final win over Hibernian, the 5-1 thrashing of Motherwell in December and, most recently, their 2-0 success at Dundee on Boxing Day.
Elsewhere, Willie Collum will oversee Rangers’ meeting with Hibernian at Ibrox, as second takes on fourth in the top flight.
It will be the sixth time already this season that Collum will oversee a match involving the Gers, but the first since their surprise 2-1 reverse at Kilmarnock on December 23.
He will also be at the helm for his 30th game of the campaign in all competitions and, not for the first time in his career, has come under fire in recent weeks amid some controversial decisions.
Hearts head coach Craig Levein felt Collum should have awarded his side “two clear penalties” in their 1-1 draw against Motherwell at Tynecastle last weekend.
Here are the full appointments:
SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY
Kilmarnock v Celtic (12:30pm, live on BT Sport)
Referee: Kevin Clancy
Assistant referees: Alastair Mather and Ralph Gordon
Fourth official: Alan Muir
Aberdeen v Hamilton Academical (3pm)
Referee: Euan Anderson
Assistant referees: David McGeachie and Kylie Cockburn
Fourth official: Grant Irvine
Dundee v Ross County (3pm)
Referee: John Beaton
Assistant referees: Douglas Ross and Graeme Leslie
Fourth official: Greg Aitken
Hearts v St Johnstone (3pm)
Referee: Andrew Dallas
Assistant referees: Graeme Stewart and John McCrossan
Fourth official: Craig Thomson
Motherwell v Partick Thistle (3pm)
Referee: Nick Walsh
Assistant referees: Jordon Stokoe and Drew Kirkland
Fourth official: Steven McLean
Rangers v Hibernian (3pm)
Referee: Willie Collum
Assistant referees: Frank Connor and David Roome
Fourth official: Kevin Graham