Scottish Premiership: Kevin Clancy to referee Kilmarnock v Celtic

Kevin Clancy will take charge of Celtic’s trip to Rugby Park in Saturday’s televised lunchtime game, before Willie Collum oversees Rangers against Hibernian at Ibrox.

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.

High-profile: Collum represented Scotland at Euro 2016 in France but won’t be going to the World Cup in Russia in the summer

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:


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

FA Cup: Match officials appointed for third round replays

Ben Toner and Graham Scott will take charge of the two televised games at Sincil Bank and Home Park with all nine ties to be settled in midweek.

Man in black: Graham Scott (middle) has been assigned to Liverpool’s televised replay at Plymouth on Wednesday as the sides drew 0-0 at Anfield in the original tie (Picture from Sky Sports)

The match officials have been announced for this week’s FA Cup third round replays.

There are nine ties to be decided in total, which will take place on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 January.

Two have been selected for live television coverage.

Football League referee Ben Toner will be in the middle for National League side Lincoln City’s match against Championship outfit Ipswich Town at Sincil Bank on Tuesday evening, live on BBC One.

Meanwhile, Premier League official Graham Scott will take charge of League Two Plymouth’s replay against Premier League giants Liverpool at Home Park on Wednesday night, in front of the BT Sport cameras.

Here are the details in full…


AFC Wimbledon v Sutton United (KO 19:45 GMT)
Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire)
Assistant referees: John Flynn (Oxfordshire) & Christopher Husband (Worcestershire)
Fourth official: John Busby (Oxfordshire)

Barnsley v Blackpool (KO 19:45 GMT)
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)
Assistant referees: Akil Howson (Leicestershire) & Wayne Grunnill (East Yorkshire)
Fourth official: Ross Joyce (Cleveland)

Burnley v Sunderland (KO 19:45 GMT)
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
Assistant referees: Peter Kirkup (Northamptonshire) & Simon Bennett (Staffordshire)
Fourth official: Peter Bankes (Merseyside)

Lincoln City v Ipswich Town (KO 20:05 GMT, live on BBC One)
Referee: Ben Toner (Lancashire)
Assistant referees: Billy Smallwood (Cheshire) & Alix Pashley (Derbyshire)
Fourth official: Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire)

Fleetwood Town v Bristol City (KO 19:45 GMT)
Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire)
Assistant referees: James Mainwaring (Lancashire) & Helen Byrne (Durham)
Fourth official: Seb Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear)

Crystal Palace v Bolton Wanderers (KO 20:00 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)
Assistant referees: Dave Bryan (Lincolnshire) & Harry Lennard (East Sussex)
Fourth official: Oliver Langford (West Midlands)


Newcastle United v Birmingham City (KO 19:45 GMT)
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
Assistant referees: Nick Hopton (Derbyshire) & James Bell (South Yorkshire)
Fourth official: David Webb (County Durham)

Plymouth Argyle v Liverpool (KO 19:45 GMT, live on BT Sport)
Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)
Assistant referees: Simon Beck (Bedfordshire) & Simon Long (Cornwall)
Fourth official: Andy Davies (Hampshire)

Southampton v Norwich City (KO 19:45 GMT)
Referee: Jon Moss (West Yorkshire)
Assistant referees: Sian Massey-Ellis (West Midlands) & Marc Perry (West Midlands)
Fourth official: James Linington (Isle of Wight)

You can see a full list of FA Cup fourth round fixtures here. 

Cook and Fox promoted to Select Group assistants list

Football League linesmen Daniel Cook and Andrew Fox have been promoted to the Select Group list of assistant referees for the 2015/16 season.

Andrew Fox flags for offside (Colchester v Preston - 3rd May 2015)
Man with the flag: Andrew Fox has been a Football League linesman for three seasons (Picture from Sky Sports)

FOOTBALL League linesmen Daniel Cook and Andrew Fox have been promoted to the Select Group list of assistant referees for the 2015/16 season.

Fox (from Warwickshire) and Cook (from Hampshire) – both aged 26 – will be using their flags in the Premier League from August onwards.

It follows the news that Oxfordshire whistler Graham Scott joins the Select Group list of referees having been handed a trial game last season.

Coventry-based Fox has worked with several former Premier League officials such as Rob Styles, Howard Webb and Peter Walton and officiated various top-flight reserve games involving Birmingham City, Coventry City, Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.

He was involved in many high-profile games in 2014-15 as a linesman including the first Championship match of the campaign at Ewood Park, the East Midlands derby between Nottingham Forest and Derby at the City Ground and Colchester v Preston on the final day of the League One season.

Fox – who is also a special constable for West Midlands Police – is yet to be involved in a major final.

Daniel Cook flags for offside (Lge One PO Final - 24th May 2015)
Jack of all trades: Cook has also overseen 16 Conference Premier matches as a referee this season (Picture from Sky Sports)

Portsmouth-based Cook assisted referee Andy Madley in both the FA Vase Final and League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium last month.

He took charge of Conference Premier and Conference South games in the 2014-15 season and acted as fourth official and ran the line for many Football League matches including eight in the SkyBet Championship.

Cook – who is also a ship welder and a Manchester United supporter – refereed the Hampshire Senior Cup Final at the age of 22 in 2011 and is regarded as one of the country’s promising young officials.

He has been a Football League linesman since the start of 2012/13.

The announcement comes as experienced linesman Dave Bryan (from Stamford in Lincolnshire) retires at the age of 53 after 20 seasons and over 500 games in the Premier League with his first being Nottingham Forest against West Ham back in 1995.

Among the former Fifa linesman’s career highlights are the first FA Cup Final to be staged at the newly-refurbished Wembley Stadium in 2007 and the 2015 Capital One Cup Final.

Dave Bryan raises the flag (Aston Villa v Leicester - 7th Dec 2014)
Great servant: Bryan has ably assisted Premier League referees in domestic, European and international matches for two decades (Picture from Sky Sports)

But one of the lowpoints came when he was struck by a flare thrown by a Spurs supporter when officiating a Premier League game between Aston Villa and Tottenham at Villa Park in October 2013.

During his last campaign, he mainly worked with Anthony Taylor including the aforementioned League Cup showpiece back in March and the final three games with the last coming at the Britannia Stadium on May 24 as Stoke City thumped Liverpool 6-1.

Next season’s Fifa listed linesmen will be John Brooks (Leicestershire), Simon Beck (Bedfordshire), Simon Bennett (Staffordshire), Gary Beswick (County Durham), Stuart Burt (Northamptonshire), Stephen Child (Kent), Jake Collin (Merseyside), Peter Kirkup (Northamptonshire) and Mike Mullarkey (Devon).

Conference referee Brooks – from Melton Mowbray – was only promoted back in March with his first game being Scotland’s international friendly with Northern Ireland when he assisted Martin Atkinson at Hampden Park.

Darren England has been taken off the list after the South Yorkshireman’s upgrade to a Football League referee.

Darren Cann assistant referee (Hull v Man Utd - 24th May 2015)
Eagle-eyed: Cann, 46, has been a Premier League linesman since 2006 and is regarded as one of the best in the business (Picture from Sky Sports)

Norfolk’s Darren Cann – renowned for running the line on the 2010 Champions League and World Cup finals – retired from the international list with his last game coming in the Nou Camp alongside Atkinson for Barcelona against PSG in the Champions League in December.

It remains to be seen whether there will be any further retirements or demotions from the Premier League list with more news expected in due course.

Adam Nunn (Wiltshire), Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent), Michael Salisbury (Lancashire) and Eddie Smart (West Midlands) were all promoted from the National Group throughout last season.