SCOTLAND’S man at Euro 2016 – if you don’t count James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady – is well known to site regulars.
Willie Collum has a reputation – rightly or wrongly – as a referee who makes big and sometimes controversial decisions.
I’ve backed him to award reds and penalties in big games and he doesn’t often let me down. He’s not neccessarily card happy but is sometimes quick to flash a red or award a spot-kick.
Collum makes his Euro 2016 bow on Wednesday when he takes charge of France v Albania and McBookie.com go 6-4 he awards a red or penalty.
McBookie spokesman Paul Petrie said: “It is great to have some Scottish involvement in the tournament and it would be fantastic if Willie Collum could go all the way to the Final.
“However, it is a running joke among Scottish football fans that Collum is card and penalty happy so we only hope he gets all the big decisions correct.”
McBookie will give all customers who bet £10 or more on the game a free £5 bet if Collum awards a penalty or shows a red card. Albania had a player red-carded against Switzerland.
And this firm has created a game called Willie or Won’t He?
Petrie added: “The aim of the game is to send off as many players as possible within 45 seconds. Maybe we can send it to Willie Collum and he can take out his frustration on the players in the game rather than the French and Albanians on Wednesday night.”
Collum is 33-1 to end up refereeing the Final but there is more chance of an all-Ireland showdown at the Stade de France.
1pt Red card in match
(7-2, William Hill)
3pts Albania over 2.5 cards
1pt Albania over 3.5 cards
(11-5, William Hill)