Referee Euan Anderson receives first SPL game

Rookie referee Euan Anderson will take charge of his first Scottish Premiership match on Saturday when St Johnstone host Kilmarnock at McDiarmid Park.

Breaking through: Anderson has officiated over 100 matches in the Scottish Championship, League One and Two - this is his fourth season as a Category One official
Breaking through: Anderson has officiated over 100 matches in the Scottish Championship, League One and Two – this is his fourth season as a Category One official

EUAN Anderson will referee his first Scottish Premiership match on Saturday when St Johnstone host Kilmarnock at McDiarmid Park. 

The 32-year-old school teacher from Dumbarton has been a Category One official since May 2011 and has since regularly officiated Scottish Professional Football League matches.

He will be assisted in Perthshire by linesmen Alan Mulvanny and Stuart Hodge while the fourth official will be Craig Thomson.

Anderson – whose father and grandfather were also referees – has only ever experienced the top-flight as a fourth official before.

His only match involving a Scottish Premiership team came last term when overseeing Albion Rovers’ surprise 1-0 Scottish Cup victory over Motherwell.

But he joins Greg Aitken in being given a low-key trial game this season with a view to permanent promotion at the end of the season.

Prior to the 2014-15 campaign, Andrew Dallas and Don Robertson both joined the Premiership list having previously presided in the SFL.

Anderson has handled 22 games in all competitions this season – brandishing 89 yellow cards, sending off three players and awarding six penalties.

Eight of those matches have occurred in the Scottish Championship including his most recent assignment last weekend – Hearts’ 2-1 win at fellow promotion hopefuls Queen of the South.

He will also be in the middle for the League Two encounter between Arbroath and East Stirlingshire at Gayfield Park next Wednesday night.

St Johnstone and Kilmarnock sit seventh and eighth respectively in the table heading into the weekend.

Tommy Wright’s Saints are four points ahead of Killie, who are still under the stewardship of interim boss Gary Locke following Allan Johnston’s departure.

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