Willie Collum will take charge of Rangers’ fixture against Kilmarnock, on Sunday.
Last season, that wouldn’t have been a great surprise, nor would it have carried any real significance.
However, this campaign, it’s a very rare event indeed.

Collum got it badly wrong in November and hasn’t reffed the Gers since. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This is the first time the referee has been given a Rangers match in six months. That long gap in between appointments was no coincidence, either.
Tensions ran high after Collum bizarrely sent off Daniel Candeias away at St Mirren in November. He brandished a second yellow card to the Portuguese, apparently believing him guilty of a phantom misdemeanor.
The winger was subsequently banned for one game.
It was a matter Rangers took seriously, and they issued a statement denouncing Collum’s ‘inexplicable’ decision and claimed ‘underlying issues’ were affecting his performance.

He’s still regarded as a top official and will take charge of the Scottish Cup final. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Perhaps the idea from the SFA here is to reintroduce the two parties in a relatively inconsequential fixture.
Kilmarnock are aiming to secure a Europa League spot at the weekend, but for Rangers, there’s little tangible to play for.
Even so, it’ll be interesting to see how Collum fares, with the microscope firmly on his display.
Rangers fans have been angered by an SFA disciplinary decision against one of their defenders. With their backs already up, it won’t go down well if the official makes another glaring error come Sunday.

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