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Who had 20 minutes? Hibs tweet wins the internet as Dickinson delivers

Hibs picked up on a theme started by Michael Nicholson when their Twitter/X account covered today’s match from Ibrox.

As soon as the SFA announced that David Dickinson would referee the match with Andrew Dallas on VAR duty the outcome of the fixture was almost guaranteed.

With Willie Collum out of commission for SPFL matches it was the third time since the winter break that Dickinson has been in charge of Philippe Clement’s side, anyone in any doubt about his football ‘leanings’ only needed to check the body language when Clement’s side scored at Hampden in the semi final of the League Cup at Hampden.

With a cross flighted into the penalty box Hibs defender Nectarios Triantis  took a step back to clear with John Souttar running into him, the sort of run of the mill contact you see at every corner of delivery into the penalty area.

Play continued, no one claimed then Dallas decided to pause the game, from that moment on no-one was in any doubt about what was about to be played out, to prevent any fuss James Tavernier claimed the ball.

The usual pretence was then played out, another 60 seconds of a hold up, Dickinson summoned over to the pitch-side monitor, going through the motions then turning to point dramatically to the penalty spot as his friends and family celebrated.

James Tavernier saw his penalty saved by David Marshall with Scott Wright netting from the rebound but his effort was cancelled out for encroachment.

The home side went on to win 3-1, an outcome as predictable as the fact that Crawford Allan is following instructions regarding the matches that Collum is allowed to be involved in.

CLICK HERE for BBC match report from Ibrox.

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