Date: 18th December 2018 at 12:32pm
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Craig Thomson looks certain to be named as the for the December 29 derby at Ibrox.

The latest batch of announcements have kept the experienced FIFA whistler clear of the big two.

Willie Collum, whose performance in the St Mirren v ‘Rangers’ match on November 3 resulted in the Ibrox club claiming that he had ‘underlying issues’ will the Aberdeen v Celtic match three days before the Ibrox derby.

It is highly unusual for a to be in charge of the same club for successive matches- especially when the games are only three days apart.

will be in charge of the December 26 match at Ibrox when Hibs visit which should exclude the Lanarkshire based referee from the derby match.

This weekend will referee the Celtic v Dundee match with in the middle when Steven Gerrard’s side visit St Johnstone.

Bobby Madden will referee tomorrow’s match between Celtic and Motherwell with Thomson in charge of the Hibs v ‘Rangers’ game at Easter Road.

Steven McLean, and Madden are the other referees beyond Thomson and Collum to have refereed the derby.