Bobby Madden to referee Dundee United v Celtic

Bobby Madden will referee Celtic’s Scottish Premiership visit to bottom-club Dundee United on Friday night in a televised Tannadice clash (KO 19:45 GMT).

Bobby Madden in charge (Rangers v St Mirren - 28th Nov 2015)
Man in the middle: Madden will take charge of his 13th Premiership match – and first at Tannadice – this season (Picture from BBC ALBA)

BOBBY Madden will be the referee for Celtic’s televised Scottish Premiership match against Dundee United on Friday night (KO 19:45 GMT).

The 37-year-old will take charge as the leaders take on the bottom club at Tannadice, live on BT Sport, to kick start the second round of top-flight fixtures in 2016.

He will be assisted on Tayside by linesmen Andrew McWilliam and Ralph Gordon while the fourth official will be Alan Newlands.

Madden has not officiated a game since December 30 when he sent off United defender Mark Durnan – and awarded both sides a penalty – in their 3-2 defeat at Hearts after Dundee’s Scottish Cup tie with Falkirk was postponed twice due to the incessant rain.

The Fifa official has handled 22 games this season across six competitions – brandishing 82 yellow cards, sending off six players and awarding eight penalties.

His season highlights so far include three Europa League group stage matches, the Euro 2016 qualifier between Russia and Liechtenstein and the Petrofac Training Cup semi-final between Rangers and St Mirren at Ibrox.

East Kilbride-born Madden has previously officiated two matches involving Dundee United and Celtic – a 6-2 win for the Hoops at Parkhead in 2013 and last season’s League Cup Final.

Bobby Madden referee
Last time: Madden sent off Dundee United captain Sean Dillon in their 2-0 defeat to Celtic at Hampden Park last March – his first major final as a referee (Picture from BBC Scotland)

For the third successive meeting, the two sides will face off at Tannadice – the other two were refereed by Willie Collum, including Celtic’s 3-1 win back in August.

Madden has already encountered the champions twice in 2015-16 – home league games against Kilmarnock and Motherwell in November and December respectively.

Aside from the game at Tynecastle at the end of 2015, he has also controlled two other United matches – their 2-0 win at Motherwell in August and 2-1 defeat at St Johnstone in September, which brought an end to Jackie McNamara’s two-and-a-half year tenure as manager.

Since Mixu Paatelainen was appointed, Dundee United have won just once in the league and sit 11 points adrift of second-bottom Kilmarnock.

Celtic – chasing a fifth successive Scottish Premiership title – are three points clear of second-placed Aberdeen with a game in hand.

Both sides come into the match after progressing to the Scottish Cup fifth round by beating League One opponents last weekend – Celtic 3-0 winners at Stranraer and Dundee United edging past Airdrieonians 1-0.

Other SPL Appointments (weekend 15th to 17th Jan 2016)
Euan Anderson will take charge of his fifth top-flight of the season at Firhill while Andrew Dallas will make a second trip to McDiarmid Park this term

Elsewhere, the experienced Crawford Allan will take charge of Aberdeen’s Scottish Premiership encounter at Ross County on Sunday.

The 48-year-old – who is also the chairman of the Scottish Senior Football Referees Association – will be assisted at the Global Energy Arena by Willie Conquer and Michael Banks while Nick Walsh will be on electronic board duties.

Allan has refereed 18 games in all competitions this term – issuing 52 yellow cards, three red cards and awarding eight penalties.

He has previously officiated both clubs twice already in 2015-16 – including two trips to Dingwall for County’s home wins over Dundee and Motherwell, and Aberdeen’s 1-0 win over Hamilton and 1-1 draw with Motherwell, both at Pittodrie.

Crawford Allan referee (Alloa Athletic v Rangers - 16th August 2015)
Seasoned campaigner: Allan has overseen over 200 games since being promoted to the Scottish top-flight in 2005 (Picture from BT Sport)

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