Scottish Football - Extra assistants for Hampden final

Willie Collum will referee the William Hill Scottish Cup final between Hibernian and Celtic with the help of extra assistants behind the goals, the Scottish Football Association confirmed.

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Willie Collum will have help from extra officials for the William Hill Scottish Cup final

Collum, in charge of his first Scottish Cup final on May 26, will be assisted by linesmen Willie Conquer and Martin Cryans, with Bobby Madden and John Beaton providing extra pairs of eyes behind the goals.

John Fleming, the SFA's head of referee operations, said: "The use of additional assistant referees has been successfully operated in a number of high-profile European competitions in recent years and is also in use in several domestic leagues across Europe."

He added: "I believe this is a good opportunity to introduce the system to Scottish football, starting at this season's Scottish Cup final and, from next season onwards, also making use of the officials at the semi-final stage."

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