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SFA put VAR official Aitken on double dunt with Celtic match

The SFA are certainly getting full value out of Greg Aitken with the Ayrshire based official in for a bumper December pay day.

Yesterday he was on VAR duty for the action from Motherwell as Phil Clement’s side enjoyed a 2-0 win, after a brief home visit to enjoy his Christmas Dinner he’ll be back to work tomorrow ensuring that the Laws of the Game are followed when Celtic visit Dundee.

With around a dozen trained VAR officials it seems strange that the same man is put in charge of two high profile televised matches in the space of three days.

Aitken and Andrew Dallas are both full time with the SFA, Dallas will be looking in on Wednesday’s Edinburgh Derby at Easter Road which is his first appointment since the League Cup Final on December 17.

There were a few big offside calls at Fir Park yesterday with Motherwell boss Stuart Kettlewell unhappy that a penalty claim appeared to be very quickly dismissed.

Don Robertson will referee the match from Dens Park, assuming that it goes ahead unlike Saturday’s fiasco courtesy of David Munro who called the match off just after 2pm.

More than 3,000 Aberdeen fans had made the journey south with Munro and his colleagues reported to have turned up late at the venue.

Neither side appeared happy with the decision, with the game a late casualty Dundee put on a training session which suggests that the majority of the pitch was playable.

The home side go into the match sitting in a healthy seventh place with 21 points from 16 matches after clinching the Championship title with a final match win away to Queens Park.

Celtic should be on familiar lines for the Sky Sports fixture with the prospect of Reo Hatate returning to the squad for the first time since the October 25 Champions League draw with Atletico Madrid.

A hamstring injury in the opening minutes looked like being his last action of 2023 but at the weekend Brendan Rodgers hinted that the midfielder is coming into his thoughts.

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