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Clancy in charge, Muir as fourth official at Motherwell

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Kevin Clancy will referee Celtic’s trip to Motherwell on Saturday with bungling Alan Muir assisting as fourth official.

The Fir Park date will be Clancy’s first Celtic match of the season although he did take charge of Celtic’s 5-0 Betfred Cup win over Mark McGhee’s side in August.

Clancy is on the FIFA list and took charge of last week’s Europa League tie between Shakhtar and Konyaspor.

His fourth official Muir has plenty of history when it comes to Celtic matches including a shocking display at Fir Park last season where the hoops were denied two clear cut penalties.

That display came just a few months after he failed to notice Josh Meekings using his arm to stop a Leigh Griffiths header going into the net during Celtic’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Inverness Caley Thistle. Muir was an additional assistant to Steven McLean at Hampden.

The trip to Fir Park kicks off an incredible month for Brendan Rodgers side as they cram in nine matches in 28 days.

Every midweek date is taken up with the rescheduled home matches against Hamilton Accies and Partick Thistle giving the hoops the chance to catch up on their schedule.

With the Scottish Cup draw giving Rodgers’ side an away match with Albion Rovers on January 21 the three week winter break will be warmly accepted as players recover from a demanding first half of the season.

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