Bobby Madden to referee Celtic v Aberdeen

Bobby Madden has been assigned to champions elect Celtic’s Scottish Premiership showdown with Aberdeen at Celtic Park on Sunday.

Bobby Madden in action
Quick return: Madden was at Celtic Park as recently as April 2 to oversee Celtic’s 3-1 win over Hearts (Picture from Sky Sports)

BOBBY Madden will take charge of Celtic’s Scottish Premiership encounter with Aberdeen this weekend.

The 37-year-old will be in the middle at Parkhead on Sunday as the champions elect look to mathematically wrap up another title against their nearest challengers (KO 12:30, live on Sky Sports 3).

Celtic – currently nine points clear of the second-placed Dons with three games left – had effectively clinched a fifth successive crown with last weekend’s 3-1 win at Hearts due to their vastly superior goal difference.

Madden will be assisted in Glasgow by Dougie Potter and Michael Banks, with Barry Cook operating as the fourth official.

It will be the Fifa whistler’s second experience of this fixture after taking charge of Celtic’s 2-1 win over Aberdeen at Celtic Park last season, which is remembered for Aleksandar Tonev receiving a seven-game ban for racially abusing Dons full-back Shay Logan.

Madden has brandished 122 yellow cards, sent off 11 players and awarded 10 penalties in 35 games in all competitions so far this season.

He will take charge of both Celtic and Aberdeen for the fifth time in the league this term and only encountered the Dons last weekend in their 4-1 win over Motherwell at Pittodrie.

The Steelmen have since appealed the red card shown to captain Keith Lasley while Madden also awarded the Dons an early penalty.

His biggest achievement to date came last year when receiving the honour of officiating his first major final in the League Cup at Hampden Park, and sent off Dundee United captain Sean Dillon in their 2-0 defeat by Celtic.

Meanwhile, Nick Walsh will handle his third Premiership game when Hearts host Ross County at Tynecastle on Saturday (KO 15:00 BST).

The 30-year-old, from Glasgow, dished out four yellows in on his top-flight debut when County beat Partick Thistle 1-0 on April 9.

A fortnight later, Walsh was also in the middle as Dundee won 2-1 at Partick, issuing just two cautions.

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