Referee Charleston appointed to Motherwell v Kilmarnock

Craig Charleston will oversee the SPL’s evening kick-off at Fir Park on Saturday when Motherwell host Kilmarnock.

Craig Charleston referee (Rangers v Alloa - 23rd April 2016)
Rookie: Charleston has little SPL experience despite his promotion to Category One last year (Picture from Sky Sports)

REFEREE Craig Charleston will be the man in the middle for the Scottish Premiership encounter between Motherwell and Kilmarnock this weekend.  

The 43-year-old will oversee proceedings at Fir Park as Stuart McCall’s Steelmen take on the East Ayrshire outfit in Saturday’s late kick-off.

It will be Charleston’s fourth appointment of the campaign, and first in the Scottish Premiership, having given out 19 yellows and three red cards so far this term.

He has officiated Morton’s 6-2 victory over East Fife in the first round of the Scottish League Cup, Rangers’ 3-0 win over Stranraer at Stair Park in Scottish League One and Queen of the South’s surprise upset in the League Cup second round against St Mirren in midweek.

Last season’s runners-up ‘Well are looking for a second home victory of the season which would take them third in the table, with Allan Johnston still searching for his first win as Killie boss since replacing Kenny Shiels in the summer.

After a Europa League qualifying exit at the first hurdle, Motherwell have begun the league campaign with six points from four games after opening with a 1-0 win over Hibernian at Easter Road, losing 2-0 in the Highlands to early pace-setters Inverness Caley Thistle and pre-season favourites Aberdeen 3-1 at Fir Park, before edging past promoted Partick Thistle last weekend.

Killie have taken just two points so far after defeats against Aberdeen and Hibernian, and draws with St Johnstone and St Mirren.

Charleston will take charge of Motherwell for the first time but oversaw three matches involving Kilmarnock last term – a 2-0 victory over Aberdeen at Pittodrie in December in which he sent off Dons goalkeeper Jamie Langfield and awarded Killie a penalty converted by Liam Kelly, a 1-0 loss also at the hands of Aberdeen in the north East in April, and re-arranged 3-1 defeat to Hibernian at Rugby Park in May.

The Scottish whistler – a Category One official since 2012 after seven years in the Scottish Football League – handled 30 matches in all competitions last season, dishing out 121 yellow cards and four red cards as well as awarding nine penalties.

He will be assisted by linesmen Andy Tait and Charlie Smith while Craig Thomson has been assigned as fourth official.

The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport on Saturday, August 31, with kick-off at 17:30 BST.

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