Referee confirmed for Rangers vs Hibs, Gers have only ever lost once with him in charge
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Rangers vs Hibernian: Referee confirmed for Ibrox Premiership clash

Nick Walsh has been confirmed as the referee for Rangers’ upcoming Premiership clash against Hibernian.

The champions are hosting fifth-placed Hibs at Ibrox on Wednesday night as they look to back up their mauling of Hearts at the weekend.

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The visitors look to be short of confidence and vulnerable ahead of the match, too, as they’re winless in their last five in the league.

The Gers won both previous Premiership meetings between the sides this season – 2-1 at Ibrox in October and 1-0 at Easter Road in December – but the Edinburgh club emphatically won the League Cup semi-final 3-1 in November.

This fixture can often be a feisty affair and Walsh has been given the task of keeping a lid on things [Scottish FA].

He’s taken charge of Rangers matches on 26 previous occasions in his career, with the Light Blues winning 21 of those, drawing four and losing just one [Transfermarkt].

The 31-year-old whistler is still yet to send a Rangers player off but has dismissed six opposition players, while he’s awarded four penalties in Gers matches, with only one going to an opponent.

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Walsh has already refereed four Rangers Premiership fixtures this season, with the Ibrox outfit defeating Hibs, Motherwell and Hearts on his watch and drawing with Ross County at the end of last month.

He’ll be assisted on the night by Graeme Stewart and Frank Connor, while Steven McLean is on fourth official duty.

Celtic are taking on Aberdeen at the same time at Pittodrie in a potentially tricky tie and if they lose, a win for Gio van Bronckhorst’s side would move them back to the top of the table.

After netting a brace against Hearts on Sunday, Alfredo Morelos is now the outright second-top goalscorer in the league, only one behind Ross County’s Regan Charles-Cook.

Meanwhile, a Premier League manager has confirmed that his player wanted to leave in January amid links with Rangers and other clubs.

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