Just over a month after his nightmare performance at Aberdeen Willie Collum will take charge of Sunday’s televised match when Celtic visit St Johnstone. For good measure he’ll have Tory MP Douglas Ross as an assistant.
Although Celtic eventually won 4-3 at Pittodrie the match was marred by some horrendous decisions from the match referee.
With Celtic leading though a Scott Sinclair goal the Dons were brought level from a penalty that appeared to be the result of Niall McGinn following through onto Emilio Izaguirre. Two months earlier Collum ignored a similar incident involving Kieran Tierney in the Betfred Cup semi-final against Hearts.
Worse was to follow when McGinn went over the ball onto the shin of Ryan Christie right in front of Collum- yellow card.
The biggest howler was reserved for later on after Celtic went 2-1 in front. Graeme Shinnie decided to launch himself into mid-air from behind two Celtic defenders, Collum pointed to the penalty spot with Sam Cosgrove equalising with seven minutes left to play.
Collum hasn’t been given a match involving the club from Ibrox since November 3 after which a statement was issued claiming that the Lanarkshire based referee had underlying issues.
Tomorrow night Greg Aitken will take charge of the Celtic v St Johnstone match, next Wednesday Craig Thomson will be in the middle for the visit of Hibs.
Bobby Madden will referee next Wednesday’s match at Pittodrie between Aberdeen and Steven Gerrard’s club, he will be assisted by his close friend David Roome who is also from the Lanarkshire Referee Association.