JOHN McKendrick has been confirmed as the referee for Sunday’s televised Scottish League Cup encounter between Dundee United and Dunfermline Athletic.
The 47-year-old will be in charge when the two Championship sides meet at Tannadice in Group C on July 31 (KO 15:00 BST, live on BT Sport).
He will be assisted by Stephen Mitchell and John McCrossan, with Stephen Finnie the fourth official.
It’s McKendrick’s third game in the competition of the season after overseeing Morton’s 1-0 win against Clyde on July 19 and Raith Rovers’ penalty shoot-out success over holders Ross County four days later.
He has brandished six yellow cards and awarded one spotkick so far but is yet to send a player off – and hasn’t issued a red card since Rangers’ 4-0 win at Stenhousemuir in April 2014.
Taking up the whistle in 1994, the father-of-three from Ayrshire has been a Category One referee since 2005 – five years after being admitted to the Scottish FA.
McKendrick attracted criticism last season, awarding Rangers a controversial free-kick which led to the decisive goal in their 3-1 win over Falkirk last October.
He was branded ‘a sh**bag’ by Bairns boss Peter Houston – who was subsequently reported to the SFA by McKendrick – and first-team coach Alan Maybury accepted a one-match ban for ‘abusive and insulting language’ after the final whistle at Ibrox.
A week later, he incurred the wrath of Morton boss Jim Duffy after booking Stefan McCluskey for diving when he went down under the challenge of Queen of the South’s Lewis Kidd.
McKendrick handled the League One Play-Off Semi-Final second leg between Stenhousemuir and East Fife at the end of a mixed campaign for him on a personal level.
He was also the fourth official for the League Cup Final at Hampden Park and, earlier in pre-season, was selected as one of the referees for the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow.
McKendrick has taken control of seven Scottish top-flight games in his career – all in the 2010-11 season, with his last being St Johnstone’s 2-0 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie on the final day.
He refereed three League One games involving Dunfermline last term but hasn’t encountered Dundee United since a goalless draw at McDiarmid Park in February 2011.
McKendrick – who likes orienteering and cycling in his spare time – is also a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Ray McKinnon’s Dundee United have won two penalty shootouts against Arbroath and Inverness, and thrashed Cowdenbeath 6-1 so far.
Meanwhile, Allan Johnston’s Dunfermline beat both Cowdenbeath and Arbroath 3-0 before a 5-1 defeat at home to Inverness.
On Saturday, Don Robertson will take charge of Motherwell’s Group F game against League One Stranraer at Stair Park.
Euan Anderson will be the man in the middle for Hamilton Academical’s clash with Livingston in Group G at New Douglas Park.
And Kilmarnock’s Group H encounter with League Two side Albion Rovers at Rugby Park will be officiated by Bobby Madden.
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