Steven McLean appointed to League Cup Final

Steven McLean will officiate the Scottish Communities League Cup final on 19 March between Aberdeen and Inverness at Celtic Park.

Steven McLean referee
Milestone: McLean will take charge of his first major final in his refereeing career (Picture from Sky Sports)

STEVEN McLean has been selected as the referee for the Scottish Communities League Cup final between Aberdeen and Inverness Caledonian Thistle next month.

The 32-year-old will be the man in the middle for the March 16 showpiece at Celtic Park, his first national final.

McLean, the older brother of Ross County defender Brian, will be assisted by linesmen Andrew McWilliam and Douglas Ross while John Beaton is the fourth official.

The Dons thrashed St Johnstone to reach their first major cup final in 14 years while the Highlanders beat Hearts on penalties in the semi-finals.

A Category One official in Scotland since 2007, McLean’s burgeoning reputation received continental recognition when named a FIFA referee in 2010 and UEFA Category One listed official a year later.

McLean officiated at the 2011 UEFA Under-17 European Championships in Serbia, taking charge of three matches including the semi-final clash between Denmark and Germany.

His only notable domestic appointment came in January 2012 when overseeing the League Cup semi-final between local rivals Ayr United and Kilmarnock at Hampden Park.

McLean has taken charge of 30 games in all competitions so far this season, dishing out 79 yellows and four red cards, including a first Europa League appointment in December.

Having attracted criticism for handing out 12 red cards in 2011/12, McLean flourished last season and was entrusted with his first Highland derby and Edinburgh derby clashes.

He also took charge of the Division One play-off semi-final first leg between Alloa and Dunfermline Athletic at Recreation Park in May.

The appointment has been made despite the fact McLean, who is also an SFA referee recruitment and education manager along with Craig Thomson, has already taken charge of both participating teams five times already this term.

The showpiece will be held at Celtic’s Parkhead, which holds 60,000 supporters, as the national stadium hosts the Commonwealth Games.

The allocated seating plan for the stadium was announced last week with 40,000 fans expected to attend.

The all-Scottish Premiership final, with kick-off scheduled for 14:30 GMT, will be screened live on BBC1 Scotland on Sunday 16 March.


2013-14: THE DONS & CALEY THISTLE WITH MCLEAN IN CHARGE

Date

Competition

Result

Venue

10 August 2013

Scottish Premiership

Dundee United 0-1 Inverness CT

Tannadice

31 August 2013

Scottish Premiership

Aberdeen 0-0 St Johnstone

Pittodrie

14 September 2013

Scottish Premiership

Kilmarnock 1-2 Inverness CT

Rugby Park

25 September 2013

Scottish League Cup

Falkirk 0-5 Aberdeen

The Falkirk Stadium

5 October 2013

Scottish Premiership

St Johnstone 4-0 Inverness CT

McDiarmid Park

26 October 2013

Scottish Premiership

Hibernian 0-2 Aberdeen

Easter Road

2 November 2013

Scottish Premiership

Inverness CT 2-1 Kilmarnock

The Tulloch Caledonian Stadium

21 December 2013

Scottish Premiership

Inverness CT 3-4 Aberdeen

The Tulloch Caledonian Stadium

25 January 2014

Scottish Premiership

Motherwell 2-2 Aberdeen

Fir Park

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