Rangers vs Hearts: Referee confirmed for crunch Tynecastle clash
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Rangers vs Hearts: Referee confirmed for crunch Tynecastle clash

Nick Walsh has been confirmed as the referee for a crunch clash between Rangers and Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday.

The Gers are taking on the Jambos in the early kick-off at Tynecastle and will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table, with Celtic not taking on Motherwell until later in the day.

Gio van Bronckhorst has already tasted success in Edinburgh as Rangers boss with a 1-0 win over Hibernian earlier this month. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Only around 1000 Bears will be inside the ground after Hearts reduced the away allocation in an attempt to maximise home advantage, but Rangers have still sent a firm warning to supporters ahead of the game.

It’s the second time the two sides have met this season. The first meeting at Ibrox in mid-October ended 1-1, with John Lundstram’s first half goal cancelled out by a 90th-minute Craig Halkett header following a mistake by Allan McGregor.

The man chosen by the SFA to take charge of the rematch is Nick Walsh [Scottish FA].

Still aged just 31, he’s one of the youngest whistlers around, but he’s refereed Rangers more than any other club so far in his career.

Nick Walsh will referee Rangers vs Hearts at Tynecastle. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He’s taken charge of Rangers matches on 24 occasions and the vast majority of those games have gone well for the Light Blues.

They’ve won 20, drawing three and only losing one.

Two of the matches came earlier this season, with the Gers beating Hibernian (2-1) and Motherwell (6-1) on his watch.

Walsh is yet to send a Rangers player off and has awarded them three penalties, while opposition sides have seen five players sent for early baths and have only been awarded one spot-kick.

He’ll be assisted by David McGeachie and Daniel McFarlane at Tynecastle, while Steven McLean is on fourth official duties.

Meanwhile, Rangers U18s defeated Motherwell on Friday evening with two exciting strikers on the scoresheet.

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