Willie Collum appointed referee for Scottish League Cup Final 2012


By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor



33-year old match official Collum has been officiating in the Scottish Premier League since 2005


Willie Collum will be the man in charge for this weekend's Scottish Communities League Cup final between SPL leaders Celtic and fellow top flight side Kilmarnock at Hampden Park.

The 33-year old Category One match official has been refereeing in the SPL since 2005 and has been a FIFA Elite official since 2006. He will be assisted on the day by Stuart Stevenson and Charlie Smith. Calum Murray will be the fourth official.

Collum, who quit from a head of RE teaching post at a school in his hometown Lanarkshire at the beginning of the season to focus on his officiating duties, will be in charge of his first major showpiece final. He missed the first month of the season due to his participation in the Under 20s European Championship finals in Colombia while he has taken charge of a number of Champions League and Europa League games. In addition, he has been appointed to two domestic Old Firm derbies including Celtic's 1-0 win over Rangers at Celtic Park back in December.

This season in his 32 matches so far, Collum has handed out 97 yellow cards and has brandished a massive seven red cards. It will be the sixth occasion he will take charge of a Celtic match this campaign which include a 2-0 win at St Mirren in August, a 2-0 win over Inverness in September, a 4-1 League Cup win away to Hibernian in October, the Old Firm derby at Parkhead towards the end of the last calendar year as well as a 4-0 win over Hearts in the SPL last month at Tynecastle. The final will be his fourth Kilmarnock match this season having officiated their 2-0 defeat at Ibrox in September, a 1-1 home draw with Dundee United in December and a 3-0 defeat to Dunfermline in January.

Celtic, who booked their place in the last four of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a 4-0 win at ten-man Dundee United at the weekend and have eighteen wins in their last nineteen domestic league and cup games, go into the game clear favourites and were beaten finalists last season against Rangers. Neil Lennon's men overcame first divison side Falkirk in the semi-final. Kenny Shiels' Kilmarnock also beat lower league opposition in the semi-finals with an extra-time victory over Ayr United at Hampden Park and are going at an average rate in the SPL at present.

The Hoops are looking to win the trophy for the sixteenth time in their history and last won it in March 2009 by beating bitter rivals Rangers 2-0 in extra-time. Kilmarnock are in the final for the 6th occasion in the club's illustrious history but are yet to be on the winning side.

The match itself takes place this Sunday, 18th March 2012, from the national stadium Hampden Park. It will kick-off at 3pm shown live on BBC Scotland with extended highlights shown later in the evening on Sportscene.


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