Celtic v Rangers: Willie Collum's record in previous Old Firm meetings

Willie Collum has been named as the man in the middle for the first Old Firm match of the season. We take a look at his previous games in charge of meetings between Celtic and Rangers...

Yellow cards for Fabio Cardoso, left, and Moussa Dembele during Celtic-Rangers games refereed by Willie Collum. Pictures: SNS Group
Yellow cards for Fabio Cardoso, left, and Moussa Dembele during Celtic-Rangers games refereed by Willie Collum. Pictures: SNS Group

In the 312 matches Collum has taken charge of in the Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup, he has dished out a total of 951 yellow cards, 62 reds and awarded 100 penalties.

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Of that number, 252 have been Scottish Premiership fixtures involving 803 yellow cards, 54 reds and 83 penalties.

However, he has taken charge of just five meetings between Celtic and Rangers in all three competitions, dishing out 14 yellows and one red to the Gers, and 13 yellows and one red to Hoops players.

Jozo Simunovic was shown a red card for violent conduct in Celtic’s 3-2 win over their rivals at Ibrox while former Gers defender Philippe Senderos was given his marching orders for a second yellow card for handball in Celtic’s 5-1 win in the first meeting of the 2016/17 season, at Parkhead.

Collum has awarded just one penalty, in his first match in charge of the two rivals - a 3-1 win for Rangers at Parkhead in October 2010.

Celtic 1-3 Rangers, Scottish Premiership, Sunday October 24 2010

A goal in first half injury time for Celtic was cancelled out just four minutes after the break when Glenn Loovens put the ball in his own net, with Kenny Miller handing Rangers the advantage just six minutes later as he converted Steven Naismith’s cross. Miller doubled his tally and increased the Gers’ lead from the penalty spot on 67 minutes after Kirk Broadfoot had been fouled.

Yellow cards were shown to Georgios Samaras, Anthony Stokes and Ki Sung-yong of Celtic, while Gers duo Lee McCulloch and Madjid Bougherra were cautioned.

Celtic: Forster; Wilson, Majstorovic, Loovens, Izaguirre, Ki, Ledley, Maloney, Samaras, Hooper, Stokes. Subs: Zaluska, Cha, Juarez, Towell, Twardzik, McCourt, McGinn.

Rangers: McGregor; Bougherra, Weir, McCulloch, Whittaker, Papac, Edu, Davis, Naismith, Lafferty, Miller. Subs: Alexander, Broadfoot, Foster, Fleck, Hutton, Weiss, Beattie.

Celtic 1-0 Rangers, Scottish Premiership, Wednesday December 28 2011

Collum booked four players; Carlos Bocanegra, David Healy and Kyle Lafferty for Rangers while Anthony Stokes was the only yellow carded Celtic player in this midweek clash at Parkhead in December 2011.

Joe Ledley scored the only goal of the game, heading home from Charlie Mulgrew’s corner.

Just four of the Celtic line-up had started in the 3-1 defeat just over 12 months earlier - Forster, Ledley, Hooper and Samaras. Stokes, who started in the 2010 match, came on as a substitute along with Ki.

Six Rangers players kept their place while a seventh, Edu, made a sub appearance.

Celtic: Forster; Matthews, Rogne, Mulgrew, Ledley, Kayal, Wanyama, Brown, Samaras, Hooper, Forrest. Subs: Zaluska, Cha, K Wilson, Ki, Bangura, McCourt, Stokes.

Rangers: McGregor; Broadfoot, Bartley, Bocanegra, Papac; McCulloch, Davis; R Wallace, Aluko; Lafferty, Jelavic. Subs: Alexander, Weir, Edu, Fleck, Bendiksen, Wylde, Healy.

Celtic 5-1 Rangers, Scottish Premiership, Saturday September 10 2016

This was the first clash between the two rivals of the 2016/17 campaign following Rangers’ promotion to the top flight after winning the Scottish Championship title the season before.

The Gers had added a number of players over the summer, including former English Premier League trio Joey Barton, Niko Krancjar and Philippe Senderos.

However, it was a day to forget for the Ibrox side as new Celtic signing, Moussa Dembele bagged a hat-trick, Senderos was sent off for two bookable offences and Barton found himself played out of the game by opposite number Scott Brown.

Collum had an eventful game, flashing seven yellows and one red. Nir Bitton, Patrick Roberts and Kolo Toure were all cautioned for Celtic while Dembele was booked for excessive celebration on scoring his third goal.

Rob Kiernan, Krancjar and Senderos were all booked for fouls before the Swiss defender was shown a second yellow for handball and received his marching orders with 15 minutes left to play.

Dembele completed his hat-trick and Stuart Armstrong netted at the death to consign the Gers to a heavy defeat.

Celtic: De Vries; Lustig, Toure, Sviatchenko, Tierney, Brown, Bitton, Rogic, Forrest, Sinclair, Dembele. Subs: Gordon, Gamboa, Izaguirre, Armstrong, McGregor, Roberts, Ciftci.

Rangers: Foderingham; Tavernier, Senderos, Kiernan, Wallace, Barton, Krancjar, Windass, Garner, McKay, Miller. Subs: Gilks, Hill, Hodson, Halliday, Forrester, O’Halloran, Waghorn.

Celtic 2-0 Rangers, Scottish Cup semi-final, Sunday April 23 2017

Celtic and Rangers met for the second consecutive year in a Scottish Cup final, with the Gers having won on penalties in 2016.

However, there was to be no repeat under Brendan Rodgers, as Celtic recorded a 2-0 victory at the national stadium thanks to goals from Callum McGregor and Scott Sinclair.

Five players were booked; two from Celtic and three from Rangers. Tom Rogic and Jozo Simunovic were shown yellow cards in the last 15 minutes while Andy Halliday and Myles Beerman were booked in the first half with James Tavernier following his Gers team mates into the book early in the second half.

Celtic: Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, McGregor, Roberts, Sinclair, Dembele. Subs: Bailly, Gamboa, Sviatchenko, Forrest, Kouassi, Rogic, Griffiths.

Rangers: Foderingham; Tavernier, Bates, Wilson, Beerman, Holt, Halliday, Hyndman, Garner, Waghorn, Miller. Subs: Alnwick, Hill, Hodson, Toral, Windass, Dodoo, McKay.

Rangers 2-3 Celtic, Scottish Premiership, Sunday March 11 2018

The last match Collum took charge of between these two sides was in March, as Celtic travelled to Ibrox on league duty.

Josh Windass netted after just three minutes to give Rangers a dream start, but Rogic levelled less than ten minutes later.

Daniel Candeias restored the home side’s advantage until first half injury time, when Dembele’s finish squared the game once again.

Candeias and Sean Goss had seen yellow for Rangers in the first half, and Fabio Cardoso followed them into the book on 52 minutes but four minutes later Jozo Simunovic was shown a straight red for violent conduct.

Substitute Odsonne Edouard fired home the winner on 69 minutes before Dembele was booked for a foul, Scott Bain cautioned for time wasting and Olivier Ntcham shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

Rangers: Foderingham; Tavernier, Bates, Alves, John, Goss, Docherty, Windass, Murphy, Candeias, Morelos. Subs: Alnwick, Cardoso, Halliday, Holt, Cummings, Herrera, Miller.

Celtic: Bain; Ajer, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, McGregor, Rogic, Forrest, Dembele. Subs: Doohan, Hendry, Armstrong, Musonda, Roberts, Edouard, Sinclair.