The referee has been named for Rangers’ table-topping Scottish Premiership clash with Edinburgh rivals Hibs as the Gers prepare to welcome the Hibees to Ibrox.

Nick Walsh will take charge of proceedings with Graeme Stewart and Calum Spence as assistants and Colin Steven named as the Fourth Official [SFA].

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Nick Walsh will be the referee for Rangers’ clash with Hibs – the matches are traditionally feisty affairs. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Jack Ross’s side remain unbeaten after seven games and Rangers will be hoping to maintain their lead at the top of the Scottish top-flight with a victory.

Hearts – who are level on points with Hibs and one point behind Rangers – can apply the pressure on both sides even at this early point in the season with a win against Motherwell the day before these two sides meet.


This promises to be amongst the biggest tests of Rangers’ season so far and Hibs boss Ross has already been talking up his side’s excitement for the contest.

Hibs are potentially the most prominent challengers to Rangers this season and the ex-Sunderland gaffer claims his side are looking forward to testing themselves against the Champions.

Hibs boss Jack Ross “excited” about Rangers challenge as referee named

“I’m excited about next week. We have a brilliant game to look forward to,” explains Ross [Edinburgh Evening News].

“To go into this game at that stage of the season as a top-of-the-table clash is indicative of how we have grown as a team.

“The incentive is for us to beat the champions at home and go top, and it’s a brilliant incentive.

“It’s good to have the clear week, it will allow us to nurse some boys back to fitness hopefully and use the time properly for other players as well.”

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will want to lay down a title marker against Hibs (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers meanwhile must turn their attentions to Sparta Prague in the Europa League before the weekend’s clash with the Hibees.

The Gers have however been boosted by the news that the Czech striker who humiliated Celtic last season won’t be tarnishing his legacy amongst the bluenoses.

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