George Salmond to referee 2016 Petrofac Training Cup Final

The former Scotland cricket captain will take charge of his first major final when Rangers face Peterhead in the 2016 Petrofac Training Cup Final at Hampden Park.

George Salmond in action
Recent outings: Salmond was the referee for Celtic’s 2-0 win over East Kilbride in the Scottish Cup in February (Picture from BBC Scotland)

GEORGE Salmond has been appointed to referee the 2016 Petrofac Training Cup Final between Rangers and Peterhead at Hampden Park. 

The 46-year-old will take charge when the Championship leaders and the League One side compete for the trophy at the national stadium on Sunday, April 10 (KO 15:00 BST, live on BBC ALBA).

He will be assisted by Gordon Crawford and Anthony Cooper, while the fourth official is Don Robertson.

Salmond – a former Scotland cricket captain – is a surprise choice to oversee his first major final in his 15-year refereeing career.

The Dundee-born whistler has handled 24 games in all competitions this season – brandishing 84 yellow cards, sending off five players and awarding six penalties.

He has officiated 18 top-flight games but was subsequently demoted from Category One after issuing two red cards in a controversial display in Inverness’ 1-1 draw with Aberdeen in September 2012.

His performance attracted widespread criticism, particularly from then Inverness boss Terry Butcher.

During the 2012-13 season, Salmond dished out 15 red cards in 27 matches but has become more lenient since.

At the start of that campaign, he was in the middle for Rangers’ first game since their demotion in their 2-1 Challenge Cup win at Brechin in which he booked five players.

Salmond was also in charge for their opening match of their 2013-14 season in League One against Brechin – a 4-1 victory at Ibrox.

He has encountered both Rangers and Peterhead once before this term – the former’s 1-1 draw at Livingston in November and the latter’s 2-2 draw with Stenhousemuir back in August.

Salmond swapped the cricket bat for the whistle in 2001 after a distinguished spell with 146 caps for Scotland as a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler.

He was admitted to the Scottish FA list of referees in 2005 and promoted to Category One two years later.

Salmond is also a deputy headteacher at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh and a keen marathon runner.

Rangers – hoping to win the first trophy of Mark Warburton’s reign – were denied confirmation of their inevitable promotion to the Scottish Premiership on Saturday after a 3-3 draw at Raith Rovers.

Jim McInally’s Peterhead – in their second season in the third tier – sit second behind champions Dunfermline and reached their first senior cup final in their 125th anniversary year.

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