Referee Aitken receives Scottish Premiership call

37-year-old Renfrewshire referee Greg Aitken will take charge of his first Scottish Premiership game on Saturday when Kilmarnock host Dundee at Rugby Park.

Greg Aitken referee
First time: Aitken will make his Scottish Premiership debut at Rugby Park (Picture courtesy of Scottish FA)

SCOTTISH referee Greg Aitken will take charge of his first match in the Premiership this weekend.

The 37-year-old former fireman will be in the middle for Kilmarnock’s clash with newly-promoted Dundee at Rugby Park on Saturday.

With no official confirmation of promotion to the top-flight, it appears this is a one-off trial game for the Renfrewshire whistler, who is normally found in the three tiers below.

His last game was Hibernian’s televised 4-0 win at Livingston in the Championship a fortnight ago, having been the fourth official for Partick Thistle’s goalless draw with St Johnstone in the Premiership last weekend.

Aitken – a Category One official since May 2011 having first took up refereeing in 2002 – has been touted for inclusion on the Premiership list for a while after impressing in the lower divisions.

Andrew Dallas and Don Robertson made the step up at the start of the current season to compensate for the retirements of Iain Brines and Stevie O’Reilly.

Aitken has produced more red cards than any other Scottish referee this term – seven in 10 games in all competitions – and brandished an average of almost three yellow cards per match.

The ICT Operations manager, who was the fourth official for last season’s Ramsdens Cup Final, has overseen several games involving Rangers since their demotion to the fourth tier at the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

He will be assisted by linesmen Gordon Crawford and Willie Conquer and fourth official Steven McLean in east Ayrshire while observer Eddie Smith will be keeping a watchful eye over his performance from the stands.

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