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COLLUM IN CHARGE OF EDINBURGH CLASH

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WILLIE COLLUM will take charge of the Scottish Cup semi-final between Hearts v Hibs at Hampden on Saturday.

The FIFA-rated whistler will be assisted by David McGeachie and Frank Connor while Alan Muir has been tasked with fourth-official duties. Steven McLean and Bobby Madden will fulfill the additional assistants roles, according to the Edinburgh Evening News.

McLean and Madden were the match official and fourth ref respectively during the 2016 Scottish Cup Final when the Easter Road side beat Rangers 3-2 to end their 114-year gap between Cup wins.

Collum was the man in the middle of the 2018/19 silverware showpiece when Celtic came back to overwhelm the Tynecastle outfit 2-1 with second-half strikes from Odsonne Edouard.

The 41-year-old official has overseen one Hibs game this season – the 3-0 victory at St Mirren in September where he booked four players. In six Premiership fixtures this term he has ordered off two players, yellow-carded 21 and awarded five penalties.

During his career to date, Collum has officiated in 57 games involving Hearts and 47 involving Hibs.

Of the 57 games including the Gorgie side, Hearts have won 22, drawn 13, and lost 22. The Easter Road outfit have a record of 17 wins, 11 draws and 19 defeats.

He has been in charge of eight games between the capital rivals. Hibs have won just one with Hearts victorious in four while the other three ended in draws.

His last derby ended in a 2-1 win for Hibs at Tynecastle, with Irish winger Daryl Horgan scoring one in each half after Peter Haring had given Hearts the lead on 25 minutes.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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