Craig Thomson to officiate fourth SPL Old Firm derby clash of the season 

 

 

By Adam Higgins
Chief Scotland Correspondent

 

 

Thomson (pictured) is regarded as the best match official in Scotland and has masses of big game experience

 


Craig Thomson has been confirmed as the referee for the final Old Firm derby clash of the campaign between Celtic and Rangers on Sunday at Parkhead.  

The 39-year-old Category One match official will be in the middle for his seventh Old Firm derby having also took charge of the first SPL meeting between the two Glaswegian rivals this season - which Rangers won 4-2 at Ibrox back in September. He has been given 35 refereeing appointments in all competitions this term handing out a massive 131 yellow cards and nine red cards.

This will be the seventh occasion that he will officiate Celtic this season - including two victories over Dundee United, a 2-0 defeat at Hearts in October, a 5-0 win over Hibernian at Easter Road in February and most recently a 1-1 draw against Aberdeen at the beginning of March. He has only overseen three Rangers fixtures - their 3-0 victory at Motherwell in August, the derby victory a month later and a 2-1 away success at St Johnstone at the beginning of the calendar year.

He will be assisted on the day by Derek Rose and Alasdair Ross - who will be travelling with Thomson to the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine this summer as his assistant referees - while Brian Winter, who will be retiring at the end of the season through a knee injury, will be in charge of the electronic board duties as fourth official.

FIFA official Thomson, who has been an SPL referee since 2000 and been overseeing international & UEFA appointments since 2003, took charge of the Europa League semi-final first leg between Atletico Madrid and Valencia at the Vicente Calderon earlier this month.

Celtic have already won the league title but Rangers need to consolidate second place with Motherwell and Dundee United chasing third place and a win would go along way to securing this with just three matches remaining. 

Rangers denied Celtic from winning the title at Ibrox with a dramatic 3-2 victory last month while Celtic overtook the Gers at the end of December thanks to a solitary goal from Joe Ledley in their meeting at Parkhead.

The match itself can be seen live on Sky Sports 4 and HD4 on Sunday (29th April 2012) with coverage starting at 12:30pm at Celtic Park with the game kicking off at 12:45pm.


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