WILLIE COLLUM must have looked at the weekend Premiership card and thought, “Dundee v Killie, maybe Partick Thistle v St Johnstone. No dramas there.”
Instead he’s being thrown into the cauldron that’s Celtic Park to take charge of the first Old Firm league game for five years.
Collum is probably the best known whistler on the site after handing out some high-profile red cards and awarding penalties in live TV games.
Even before Collum was revealed as the man in the middle I was thinking about cards at Celtic Park – yellow and red.
With a Scott Brown-Joey Barton bust-up highly likely I’m more convinced now but with Collum in there the odds are of course shorter.
Scots firm McBookie.com are offering 2-1 on a red in the lunchtime showdown and 5-2 a penalty will be awarded.
Spokesman Paul Petrie said: “The 2-1 is a lot shorter than you would normally expect for a league match but we expect it to be a hugely popular bet – especially now that Collum has got the gig.”
Celtic are boosted by the news Leigh Griffiths and Kieran Tierney will be fit after missing Scotland’s World Cup demolition of Malta and are 4-6 favourites for the game, with the draw 16-5 and Rangers 9-2.
Petrie added: “There is no doubt Rangers supporters will back their team but the rest of the nation is expecting an easy win for Celtic. Celtic -2 goals at 4-1 is proving popular and people are even going for -3 at 10-1.”
I’ll post a full preview of the big game on Friday night.