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Don Robertson will referee Wednesday’s match between Hibs and Celtic at Easter Road.

The FIFA official has already taken charge of five Premiership matches this season including Celtic’s 3-0 win over Ross County last month. In that match Celtic enjoyed 77% possession but in keeping with a trend this season nine fouls were awarded against Ange Postecoglou’s side with just eight against the under-pressure visitors.

Robertson first came to the attention of Celtic supporters when he awarded a ridiculous penalty against Erik Sviatchenko in a match against Ross County in 2017.

Brendan Rodgers rarely commented on officials but after that match he told The Sun:

Everyone has seen the decision last weekend and as a referee, especially if you’re trying to get yourself promoted in the game, you have to get that right.

But we have to try and help the referees and try to improve the standard. I had a call from John Fleming, which I really appreciated and respected – because he didn’t have to.

Don Robertson doesn’t have to ring me, he doesn’t have to apologise to me. John did that.

All I would say to Don Robertson is, ‘Make sure you apologise to Erik Sviatchenko’, because it wasn’t a penalty. But I’m sure he will learn from it.

The two teams go into Wednesday’s match in contrasting form with Celtic winning their last three SPFL matches while Jack Ross has watched his side lose their last three.

Hibs will be able to recall Ryan Porteous following suspension but Darren McGregor will be missing after getting a late red card in Saturday’s defeat away to Aberdeen.

Andrew Newlands will be the fourth official on Wednesday with Frank Connor and Drew Kirkland on the lines.

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