Staff at Specsavers in Leith took time out to focus on Hibernian’s upcoming Old Firm double header with help from Scottish FA match officials.

Hibs welcomed Celtic on 10 December, followed by Rangers three days later on 13 December and referees John Beaton and Kevin Clancy joined staff at Specsavers in Leith, ahead of the crucial Old Firm double header.

The games are massive for the Easter Road men as they battle it out in the top-half of the table.

Wealthy of experience

With 20 years’ experience, category one and FIFA referee John has officiated at games across the world.

Highlights of his career include officiating at the 2016 European Championships in France, the 2016 League Cup Final and numerous Europa League group matches.

Kevin started his career in 2001 and has been a category one referee since 2009 and a FIFA referee since 2012. Highlights of his career include refereeing at the 2014 U19 Euro Finals tournament, the 2015 League Cup Final, as well as being additional assistant referee for the 2015 UEFA Super Cup Final and numerous matches in the Champions League and Europa League.

Specsavers has assisted with the training and development of referees across Scotland since 2002.

A word from the store director

Store director at Specsavers in Leith, Madelene Knowles said: ‘Leith is very excited about the Hibs games against both teams and we’re delighted that both John and Kevin popped in for eye tests before the matches.

‘Specsavers is proud to support the Scottish referees – our partnership with the Scottish FA goes far beyond just a logo on a shirt.

'We’re committed to helping to provide grassroots training for potential referees, inspiring respect for match officials and making sure their eyes are in top condition through regular sight and hearing tests carried out in our stores across Scotland.’

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