Scottish Premiership: Willie Collum to referee Motherwell v Rangers

Willie Collum will take charge of Saturday’s lunchtime encounter at Fir Park, with Bobby Madden appointed to Celtic’s televised match against Hearts on Sunday.

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Solid: Collum issued just one yellow card and was on top of proceedings during Celtic’s 3-0 Scottish Cup win at Albion Rovers last weekend (Picture from Sky Sports)

WILLIE Collum will be the referee for Rangers’ televised Scottish Premiership match at Motherwell on Saturday.

The Euro 2016 official, who turned 38 last week, will be in the middle as the Gers make the trip to Fir Park for the lunchtime game live on Sky Sports (KO 12:45 GMT).

He will be assisted by David McGeachie and Gordon Crawford, with Euan Anderson on fourth official duties.

Collum – who won’t have far to travel from his Lanarkshire residence – will oversee his 29th game of the season in all competitions.

He has so far brandished 90 yellow cards, sent off five players and awarded nine penalties.

The Religious Education teacher will have no excuse for taking his eye off the ball after visiting a Specsavers store this week, in recognition of the partnership the opticians share with the Scottish FA.

It will be a 13th top-flight match of the campaign for Collum, who has handled a League Cup Final, two Scottish Cup Finals and the 2015 Uefa Super Cup.

The Glasgow-born whistler will control his fourth Rangers game of the campaign – and first of 2017 – after sending off Philippe Senderos in their 5-1 Old Firm derby defeat at Celtic in September before 1-0 victories at Inverness in October and home to Dundee in November.

Meanwhile, Collum will be in the middle for a third Motherwell match of 2016-17 after their 4-2 derby win over Hamilton in September – in which he awarded the Steelmen a spotkick – and 1-1 draw at St Johnstone last month.

It will be the third time he takes charge of a fixture involving the two sides – after Rangers’ 2-1 win in a League Cup semi-final at Hampden in 2011 and a goalless draw at Ibrox in the league in 2012, both of which passed without major incident.

Mark Warburton’s second-placed Rangers will be looking to extend the gap over Aberdeen in third, which currently stands at two points, while Mark McGhee’s Motherwell could move into the top six with a first top-flight win over the Gers since December 2002.

The sides met as recently as last weekend as Kenny Miller scored twice for Rangers, who came from behind to beat the Steelmen in their Scottish Cup fourth round tie at Ibrox.


Madden gets another top-flight test

Bobby Madden in action
Well-known: Madden has established himself as a referee domestically in the Scottish top-flight and on the European stage in the Europa League (Picture from Sky Sports)

Bobby Madden will take charge of Celtic’s televised encounter with Hearts on Sunday.

The 38-year-old will be in the middle when the champions host the Jambos at Parkhead in front of the Sky cameras (KO 13:00 GMT).

His assistants will be Graham Chambers and Stephen Mitchell, while Greg Aitken will be on fourth official duties.

Madden was also in the middle for a 3-1 Celtic win over Hearts last season in his only other experience of a fixture between the sides.

He enjoyed a largely quiet display but booked six players and sent off Hearts defender Juwon Oshaniwa late on for a second yellow card.

It will only be the 18th game Madden will have officiated this season, after missing two months as he bravely battled thyroid cancer.

Overall, he has dished out 48 yellow cards, two red cards and pointed to the penalty spot 11 times in his 17 matches so far.

The East Kilbride whistler, who was an additional assistant referee at Euro 2016, will handle his third Celtic game of the campaign after their 4-1 win over 10-man Aberdeen in August and 2-1 success against Dundee in December – both also at Celtic Park.

His only Hearts match so far was their 3-0 victory over Motherwell at Tynecastle in November – in which only two players were cautioned.

Madden’s biggest career honour to date came in Celtic’s 2-0 win over 10-man Dundee United in the 2015 League Cup showpiece at Hampden Park.

Both sides were in action in midweek – with Hearts beating Raith Rovers 4-2 after extra time in a Scottish Cup replay, while Celtic edged past St Johnstone 1-0 in their game in hand in the league.

You can see the rest of the SPFL appointments for this weekend here.

Scottish League Cup: Thomson and Clancy to referee semi-finals

Craig Thomson will handle his 13th Old Firm derby while Kevin Clancy will referee his first domestic cup semi-final in this weekend’s Betfred Cup last-four ties at Hampden Park.

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Chosen ones: Thomson (left) and Clancy have been handed the responsibility to oversee the 2016 League Cup last-four ties (Pictures from BBC Scotland and Sky Sports)

CRAIG Thomson and Kevin Clancy have been confirmed as the referees for this weekend’s Scottish League Cup semi-finals at Hampden Park.

Thomson will be in the middle for the Old Firm derby between Rangers and Celtic on Sunday (KO 14:05 BST).

Meanwhile, Clancy has been selected to officiate Premiership side Aberdeen against Championship outfit Greenock Morton on Saturday (KO 12:15 BST).

Both ties will be televised live on BT Sport.


The perennial Old Firm whistler…

Craig Thomson (Rangers v Celtic Scottish Cup semi - 17th April 2016)
For the big occasion: It will be Thomson’s 17th domestic match at Hampden and his 10th cup semi-final (Picture from Sky Sports)

It may be an unlucky number for some but Thomson will be hoping it will bring him some fortune as he prepares for his 13th Old Firm derby – no other referee has handled more than five.

His first derby came back in 2006 and he has since built up a wealth of experience in handling Scottish football’s most explosive duel in cup finals, crucial league encounters and, more recently, semi-final battles.

It will be the third season in a row the Fifa whistler, who went to Euro 2012, will manage a cup semi-final between the sides at the national stadium – after Celtic’s 2-0 League Cup win in 2015 and Rangers’ Scottish Cup win on penalties earlier this year.

David McGeachie and Alan Mulvanny will assist Thomson, with Steven McLean taking the fourth official reins.

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Longest-serving: Thomson has officiated in Scotland’s top-flight since 2002 and appointed Fifa status a year later (Picture from Sky Sports)

It was widely expected McLean or Bobby Madden might be entrusted with their first Old Firm derbies as Thomson and Willie Collum – who oversaw his third when Celtic thrashed Rangers 5-1 last month – are the only officials among the current crop to have previously refereed the fixture.

But, with a place in November’s Betfred Cup Final at stake, they have called on the vastly experienced Thomson to make the decisions for the latest meeting of Glasgow’s biggest rivals.

The former lawyer, from Renfrewshire, oversaw the League Cup final meeting between the sides in 2011 – awarding Rangers a penalty before reversing his decision and sending off Celtic’s Emilio Izaguirre in an eventual 2-1 win for the Ibrox side.

Earlier this season, he was involved in a bitter spat with pundit Chris Sutton, who called him a ‘bottler’ after opting not to send off Rangers midfielder Harry Forrester for a second bookable offence in their 2-1 win at Dundee.

Meanwhile, a week later and also in front of the BT cameras, Thomson refused to co-operate with the broadcaster’s staff before starting the second half of Celtic’s 4-2 win at St Johnstone more than a minute ahead of schedule.

They are the only occasions Thomson, who has handled three Scottish Cup and three League Cup Finals, has encountered either of the Old Firm sides this term.

The 44-year-old handled Copenhagen’s 4-0 win over Club Brugge in last month’s Champions League group match and the Netherlands’ 4-1 victory over Belarus in a World Cup qualifier earlier this month.

But he has only refereed one previous League Cup tie this season – Aberdeen’s last-gasp 1-0 victory over St Johnstone at Pittodrie in the quarter-finals.

Overall, Thomson has issued 51 yellow cards, sent off three players and awarded four penalties in 12 games across five different competitions so far this term.

REACTION:

Celtic fans have been particularly vocal on social media, expressing their disappointment that the Scottish FA have again looked towards Thomson to keep the peace in the Glasgow derby…


Another step in Clancy’s burgeoning reputation…

Kevin Clancy before the 2016 Scottish League Cup Final
Footnote: Clancy is widely regarded as a lenient and respectable referee who keeps control of games well and rarely attracts controversy (Picture from BBC Scotland)

Despite several appearances as a fourth official and additional assistant, it will only be the second time Clancy steps out as referee at the national stadium.

The Glasgow-born whistler will still have fond memories of his previous visit after overseeing his first major final in last season’s League Cup showpiece, booking only two players as Ross County beat Hibernian 2-1.

He was also in the middle for Rangers’ shock 1-0 defeat by Raith Rovers in the 2014 Challenge Cup Final at Hibs’ Easter Road.

Surprisingly, it will be the 32-year-old’s first ever domestic cup semi as referee too – in this his fifth season officiating in Scotland’s top-flight.

Former lawyer Clancy has previously been the fourth official for the 2013 and 2015 League Cup Final – as well as Ross County’s 3-1 semi-final win over Celtic last term, which was refereed by Thomson.

He was also an additional assistant referee in the 2014 Scottish Cup Final at Celtic Park and Rangers’ Scottish Cup semi win over Celtic on penalties, as well as European games such as the 2015 Uefa Super Cup.

But the Renfrewshire-based official missed out on a place in Willie Collum’s team of officials for Euro 2016 last summer, with Bobby Madden and John Beaton selected for the role.

Kevin Clancy (Dundee v Dundee Utd - 2nd January 2016)
Big games: Clancy has handled several Europa League matches as well as Dundee and Edinburgh derbies domestically (Picture from Sky Sports)

Clancy has encountered both sides once in league games this term – issuing seven yellows in Aberdeen’s goalless draw with Hearts in August and booking six players in Morton’s 2-1 victory over Dunfermline.

It will be his fifth League Cup tie of the campaign after Partick Thistle’s 1-0 win at Airdrieonians, Dundee’s 6-2 victory over Dumbarton, Alloa’s 1-0 success at Raith Rovers, and Celtic’s 5-0 win over Motherwell in the last 16 phase.

Overall, Clancy has brandished 54 yellow cards, sent off Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor in their 1-1 draw with Rangers in August, and pointed to the penalty spot three times in 13 matches in all competitions.

Clancy first took up the whistle in 2000 and was admitted to the Scottish FA five years later before overseeing his first SPL match in 2012.

Such was his fast progression, he was even recognised by Fifa – one of seven currently from Scotland on the list – before his promotion to the top-flight had been confirmed.

Among Clancy’s other high-profile appointments was the Championship play-off semi first leg between Hamilton Accies and Falkirk in 2014 and Queen’s Park’s League One play-off second leg win over Clyde last term.

At Hampden, he will be assisted by Alastair Mather and Gordon Crawford, while Euan Anderson will be on electronic board duties as fourth official.

2014 winners Aberdeen have complained about the scheduling of the tie, with the lunchtime kick-off not giving enough time for their travelling support to make the trip from the north east.

Scottish League Cup: John McKendrick to referee Dundee United v Dunfermline

The experienced Ayrshire official will take charge of the televised Group C game at Tannadice.

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Familiar face: McKendrick is regularly seen officiating in Scotland’s lower divisions (Picture from BBC ALBA)

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.

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Statistics: How the numbers added up during McKendrick’s games in the 2015-16 season (Picture from Transfermarkt.com)

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.

John McKendrick (Morton v Raith Rovers - 18th Dec 2015)
Former role: McKendrick used to be the chairman of the Scottish Senior Football Referees Association before Crawford Allan (Picture from BBC ALBA)

ELSEWHERE…

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In control: Andrew Dallas will also referee Partick Thistle’s Group E match against League Two Arbroath at Firhill (Picture from Sky Sports)

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.

Click here for a full list of the final League Cup first round match official appointments

Craig Thomson to referee Rangers v Celtic Scottish Cup semi-final

Referees Craig Thomson and John Beaton will take charge of the Scottish Cup semi-finals at Hampden Park later this month, with the help of additional assistants.

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Veteran: Thomson will oversee his third Scottish Cup semi-final and 12th Old Firm derby (Picture from Sky Sports)

CRAIG Thomson has been confirmed as the referee for the Scottish Cup semi-final between Rangers and Celtic on Sunday, April 17.

The 43-year-old will take charge of the eagerly-awaited Old Firm clash between the Glasgow rivals at Hampden Park (KO 12:00 BST).

He will be assisted by linesmen Alan Mulvanny and Douglas Ross, fourth official Bobby Madden and additional assistant referees Kevin Clancy and Don Robertson.

Thomson also officiated the League Cup semi-final last season which was the first meeting between the sides in three years, when Celtic won 2-0 in a largely incident-free encounter.

The longest-serving of the current crop of Scottish officials, he has a wealth of experience having handled 11 previous Old Firm derbies, with the first coming in April 2006.

Those past encounters include the 2011 League Cup Final at the national stadium in which the Paisley lawyer dismissed Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre for a professional foul and overturned a penalty given to the Gers, who won 2-1 after extra time.

It will be his 16th domestic match at Hampden Park and ninth cup semi-final – a first in the Scottish Cup since Celtic’s 4-3 win over Dundee United in 2013.

Thomson – who has handled three Scottish Cup and three League Cup finals – was in the middle for Celtic’s 3-1 League Cup semi defeat by Ross County in January, in which he sent off Efe Ambrose early on.

The Renfrewshire whistler – who was overlooked for Euro 2016, with Willie Collum preferred instead – has awarded more penalties (17) than any other Scottish official so far this season.

He has also distributed an astonishing 149 yellow cards – and eight reds – in 37 matches in all competitions.

It will be the seventh time that Thomson oversees Celtic this term, while he has only encountered Rangers in their 4-1 Championship win over Livingston in January when he awarded them two penalties.

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Statistics: How Thomson’s 2015-16 campaign has shaped up so far (Picture from Transfermarkt.com)


John Beaton speaks with Hibernian's Fraser Fyvie against Rangers
In control: Beaton was the man in the middle for Hibs’ 2-1 win over Rangers on November 1 at Easter Road (Picture from Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, John Beaton will take charge of the other semi-final between Hibernian and Dundee United.

He will be in the middle as Championship side Hibs tussle with the Premiership’s bottom club at the national stadium on Saturday, April 16 (KO 12:15 BST).

Beaton will be working alongside Graham Chambers and Stuart Stevenson, with Euan Anderson the fourth official – as he was for a League Cup semi in January. The goal-line officials are Andrew Dallas and Alan Muir.

Incidentally, Muir was behind the goal in the Scottish Cup semi 12 months ago when a handball on the line by Inverness’ Josh Meekings went unspotted in their controversial 3-2 extra-time win over Celtic.

Beaton was also involved in last year’s semi-finals as referee for Hibernian’s 1-0 defeat by fellow Championship side Falkirk.

He was also the fourth official when Hibs beat Falkirk 4-3 in the Scottish Cup semis in 2013 but ended up refereeing the extra-time period after Iain Brines came off injured.

Beaton oversaw a League Cup semi-final in 2014, sending off two Inverness players as Caley Thistle beat Hearts on penalties at Hibs’ Easter Road stadium.

It will be the fifth time that the Lanarkshire whistler will oversee both Dundee United and Hearts in all competitions this term.

The 34-year-old was in the middle for the 2015 Challenge Cup Final – his only major final to date – but was fourth official for the 2014 League Cup Final and an additional assistant for the 2013 Scottish Cup Final.

Beaton will also be going to Euro 2016 as a goal-line official as part of Willie Collum’s team of officials for the summer tournament in France.

John Beaton's 2015-16 record so far
Record: How Beaton’s busy season has panned out to date (Picture from Transfermarkt.com)

Thomson and Beaton handled both Edinburgh derby meetings between Hibs and Hearts in the quarter-finals, with Beaton sending off two players in the Easter Road replay which Hibs won 1-0.

Two-time winners Hibs have not lifted the Scottish Cup since 1902 as they bid to reach their second major cup final of the season after losing 2-1 to Ross County in the League Cup showpiece last month.

Dundee United have also won the competition twice but were runners-up in 2014 after losing 2-0 to St Johnstone in the final at Celtic Park. They last reached the semi stage three years ago.

Rangers – who have not won the Scottish Cup since 2009 – have secured promotion to the Scottish Premiership in boss Mark Warburton’s debut season to ensure the Old Firm derby returns to the top-flight next season.

Premiership leaders Celtic are bidding to reach their first Scottish Cup final since 2013 in Ronny Deila’s second campaign in charge.

Both ties will be screened live on Sky Sports, while Hibs v Dundee United will also be shown on BBC Scotland.

Collum in charge of Celtic’s televised Tannadice trip

Willie Collum will referee Celtic’s Scottish Premiership trip to Dundee United on Saturday lunchtime while Steven McLean will be in the middle for Sunday’s Championship game between title favourites Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox.

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Experienced: Collum has officiated nearly 70 Uefa fixtures in his nine-year international career and was in the middle for 27 Scottish Premiership games in 2014-15 (Picture from BT Sport)

WILLIE Collum will be the man in the middle for Celtic’s televised trip to Dundee United in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Saturday lunchtime.  

The 36-year-old Lanarkshire whistler will take charge at Tannadice as the champions visit the struggling Tangerines in the fifth match of the league season (KO 12pm, live on BT Sport 2).

Willie Collum referee (Dundee Utd v Celtic - 18th August 2015)
Regular: Collum oversaw five games involving Celtic last term including their previous trip to Dundee United (Picture from Twitter)

Last season’s Scottish Cup Final referee will be ably assisted on Tayside by Gavin Harris and Graeme Leslie while Kevin Clancy will be on fourth official duties.

Before that, Collum will lead a Scottish team of officials for the Champions League play-off first leg between Basel and Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Switzerland on Wednesday night.

Willie Collum referee (Basel v Maccabi Tel Aviv - 18th August 2015)
The third team: The match officials and Uefa staff for the Champions League play-off first leg (Picture from Uefa.com)

The appointment came after the Glasgow-born referee was condemned for his handling of the prestigious Super Cup contest between Barcelona and Sevilla in Tbilisi last week.

One Spanish newspaper described his performance in Barca’s thrilling 5-4 win as “scandalous” after Gerard Pique was left with a bloody nose from an aerial challenge by Sevilla’s Ciro Immobile.

After the incident, Pique was caught on camera shouting towards the fourth official Graham Chambers: “Six refs, six refs and not one of you could see it. F*** sake.”

Father-of-three Collum – who is notoriously card-happy – was also the subject of criticism by fans on Twitter throughout the match, which was the biggest of his 15-year officiating career to date.

Accusing Collum of failing to spot two Sevilla handball’s in the box and wrongly disallowing a Luis Suarez goal, one journalist described his performance as “a full-blown heist”.

He was under the spotlight in the corresponding fixture at Tannadice in April when awarding Celtic a penalty for a foul which occurred outside the box in their 3-0 victory over United.

Willie Collum referee (Scottish Cup Final - 30th May 2015)
Familiar fixture: Collum will be in charge of his fourth Dundee United-Celtic match and third at Tannadice (Picture from Sky Sports)

Last season, the Uefa Elite Category official issued a massive 144 yellow cards, sent off 17 players and awarded 22 penalties across 49 games in all competitions.

Collum oversaw Celtic’s opening top-flight match of the campaign against Ross County at the start of the month and was scrutinised for failing to send off Hoops goalkeeper Craig Gordon in the first half.

It has been a busy start to the 2015-16 campaign for the Religious Education teacher from Belshill, who has officiated a top-flight game in every round of fixtures so far and stood in as a replacement for Craig Thomson in the Petrofac Training Cup first round tie between Hibs and Rangers last month.


The two Scottish Championship sides – and title favourites – meet for the first time in the league this season at Ibrox on Sunday and Steven McLean has been confirmed as the man in black.

Steven McLean points for goalkick (Hearts v St Johnstone - 2nd August 2015)
Notable improvement: McLean’s talkative but heavy handed approach has propelled him up the pecking order among Scotland’s top referees (Picture from BT Sport)

He was in the middle for the corresponding fixture in Glasgow in February when Hibs ran out 2-0 winners in a largely incident-free match.

Prior to that, McLean will be an additional assistant as part of Craig Thomson’s team for the Champions League play-off tie between BATE Borisov and Partisan Belgrade on Tuesday night.

Craig Thomson refereeing team (BATE v Partisan - 18th August 2015)
Team of six: The Scottish officiating team for the Champions League tie led by referee Craig Thomson (Picture from Uefa.com)

The 34-year-old Glasgow-based whistler will be assisted for the lunchtime clash (KO 12:30pm, live on Sky Sports 5) by linesmen Willie Conquer and Stuart MacMillan while the fourth official is Greg Aitken, who is in charge of St Mirren’s Friday night game at Greenock Morton.

McLean has already issued 12 yellow cards and awarded two penalties in three Premiership games so far this term – Hearts’ 4-3 win over St Johnstone on the opening weekend, Aberdeen’s 2-0 victory over Kilmarnock and Hamilton’s 4-0 thrashing of Dundee United last Saturday.

Steven McLean referee (Rangers v Hibernian - 18th August 2015)
Second-tier: McLean oversaw Rangers and Hibernian both on two occasions last season (Picture from Twitter)

The qualified fitness instructor – who handled 23 top-flight games and five in the Championship in 2014-15 – oversaw the 2014 League Cup Final and last season’s semi-final between Aberdeen and Dundee United.

But the brother of former Ross County defender Brian caused controversy for failing to send off Inverness defender Josh Meekings for a deliberate handball on the goalline against Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park in April.


ELSEWHERE THIS WEEKEND….

Euan Anderson and Don Robertson will be in charge of their first Ladbrokes Premiership matches of the season on Saturday afternoon.

Anderson – a school teacher from Dumbarton – was permanently promoted to the top-flight over the summer as a replacement for Calum Murray, 48, who retired after 15 years in the SPL.

He has officiated three other Premiership games since his first back in February between St Johnstone and Kilmarnock at McDiarmid Park – issuing 17 yellows, no reds and giving no pens.

This weekend, the 32-year-old will oversee Hamilton’s trip to Inverness with the assistance of Dougie Potter, Kylie McMullan and fourth official John McKendrick.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - MAY 23:  Referee Euan Anderson at the Scottish premiership match between Kilmarnock and Ross County  at Rugby Park on May 23, 2015 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)
Making the grade: Anderson – whose father and grandfather were also referees – has been a Category One official since May 2011

So far this term, Anderson has been in the middle for two cup ties and Queen of the South’s 3-1 win over Alloa on the opening weekend of the Scottish Championship.

Robertson, meanwhile, will make his third trip to Rugby Park in 2015 for Kilmarnock’s match with Ross County.

The 28-year-old will be assisted by linesmen Stephen Mitchell and Sean Carr with Stephen Finnie on electronic board duties.

The Glasgow-based whistler became a Category One official in 2012 and was promoted along with Andrew Dallas to the Premiership at the start of last season with his first game coming on the opening weekend when newly-promoted Hamilton took on Inverness at New Douglas Park.

Nine of his 36 matches in all competitions last season were in the top-flight and he oversaw both sides on two occasions.

Robertson – an accountant by trade – is a regular in the Championship and took charge of Hibs’ 2-1 opening day defeat at Dumbarton as well as Stranraer’s 2-0 League Cup win over Stenhousemuir and St Mirren’s 2-1 win over Annan in the Challenge Cup on Tuesday night.


 

OTHER APPOINTMENTS….

SPFL Premiership Match Official Appointments (22nd August 2015)
Overall programme: The weekend’s referees for Scottish Premiership matches (Picture from SFA)

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.

Kevin Clancy to officiate Stranraer v Dundee Utd

Kevin Clancy will take charge of Sunday’s Scottish Cup fourth-round tie between League One leaders Stranraer and Premiership side Dundee United at Stair Park (live on Sky Sports).

Established: Clancy is deemed a reliable referee who has become a regular at the top officiating level in Scotland
Established: Clancy is deemed a reliable referee who has become a regular at the top officiating level in Scotland

KEVIN Clancy will be the man in the middle for Dundee United’s Scottish Cup fourth round tie at Stranraer on Sunday.

The 31-year-old will take charge of the televised lunchtime kick-off as the Scottish Premiership side travel to Stair Park to face the current League One leaders (12:30 GMT on Sky Sports).

He will be assisted by linesmen Graeme Leslie and Stuart Hodge while the fourth official will be Euan Anderson.

It has been a busy start to 2015 for Fifa whistler Clancy, who received five referee appointments in January and was also the fourth official for the Edinburgh derby between Hearts and Hibs.

Among those matches were two Premiership matches involving Celtic and Dundee United’s 6-2 derby thrashing of Dundee at Tannadice on New Year’s Day.

His last encounter Stranraer came 12 months ago at this stage of the Scottish Cup when the Dumfries outfit held top-flight Inverness Caley Thistle to a 2-2 draw at home.

So far this season, Clancy has been the man in black for 13 Premiership games – including St Mirren’s 1-0 win at Partick Thistle last Friday night – as well as Celtic’s League Cup quarter-final thrashing of Glasgow neighbours Partick Thistle.

Kevin Clancy: Overall stats this season (2014/15) as of 3 February
Games:  22
Yellow cards:  83
Red cards:  4
Penalties:  5

He first took up the whistle in 2000 and was admitted to the Scottish FA five years later.

The Renfrewshire-based official was promoted to a Category One referee in 2009 and – having hugely impressed in the SFL – oversaw his first SPL match in April 2012.

Such was his fast progression, he was even recognised by Fifa – one of seven currently from Scotland on the list – before his promotion to the top-flight had been confirmed.

Clancy’s most high-profile appointments came last season when he officiated his only major final to date in the Ramsdens Cup at Easter Road as Raith Rovers shocked Rangers and the Championship play-off semi first leg between Hamilton Accies and Falkirk.

He was also the fourth official to Craig Thomson for the 2013 League Cup Final at Hampden Park when St Mirren beat Hearts 3-2 and was part of the same referee’s team as an additional assistant in last season’s Scottish Cup Final at Celtic Park.

Clancy has been at the helm for several low-key Europa League matches and been behind the goal as a member of Willie Collum’s Champions League group of officials.

He is widely regarded as a lenient and respectable referee who keeps control of games well and rarely attracts controversy.

Fourth-placed Dundee United are six points behind Premiership leaders Celtic – whom they will face in next month’s League Cup final after coming from behind to beat holders Aberdeen in last weekend’s semi-final.

Jackie McNamara’s side are seeking to win the Scottish Cup for the first time since 2010 and go one step better than last season when they were runners-up after their 2-0 loss to Tayside rivals St Johnstone in the final.

Stephen Aitken’s Stranraer – who are in their second season at third-tier level – are currently two points clear of second-placed Morton at the top of League One but the third oldest club in Scotland have never reached the Scottish Cup Final in their 145-year history.

Elsewhere this weekend, Celtic’s fourth-round tie against fellow Premiership opponents Dundee at Dens Park on Saturday lunchtime will be refereed by John Beaton.

And last season’s semi-finalists Rangers against Raith Rovers at Ibrox on Sunday will be handled by Bobby Madden.

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