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: John McKendrick to referee Dundee United v Dunfermline

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

John McKendrick referee (Raith Rovers v Hibs - 19th March 2016)
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

Alan Muir to referee Hearts v Celtic

Experienced referee Alan Muir will take charge of Celtic’s televised Scottish Premiership match with Hearts at Tynecastle in Saturday’s early kick-off.

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In the middle: Muir will take charge of his 12th Premiership match of the season in Gorgie this weekend (Picture from Sky Sports)

ALAN Muir will take charge of Celtic’s Scottish Premiership encounter with Hearts on Saturday.

The 40-year-old will be in the middle when the leaders visit the third-placed Jambos for the lunchtime kick-off at Tynecastle (12:30 BST, live on Sky Sports).

He will be assisted by Stuart Stevenson and Stephen Mitchell, while the fourth official is Andrew Dallas.

Muir has handled 32 games in all competitions so far this season – issuing 95 yellow cards, sending off five players and awarding seven penalties.

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Statistics: How Alan Muir’s season has panned out so far (Picture from Transfermarkt.com)

The Edinburgh whistler – who is a stock controller by trade – will oversee his third Celtic match of the campaign after their 1-0 away wins at Motherwell, in October, and Kilmarnock, as recently as March 19.

His first ever game involving the Hoops was a 1-1 draw at home to Falkirk in January 2010, in which he gave three yellow cards.

Overall, Muir has handled 20 Celtic matches – brandishing 60 bookings in total, five penalties (all to Celtic) and four red cards (two for Celtic).

He most notably took control of their 9-0 demolition of Aberdeen at Celtic Park in November 2010 when he awarded Celtic three penalties and sent off a player from each side.

Muir was also in the middle for the Hoops’ 6-0 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in April 2012, which sealed a first title in four years for the Glasgow giants in manager Neil Lennon’s second full season in charge.

The former Fifa official will take charge of his fifth Hearts game of 2015-16, a fourth in the league and makes a fourth trip to Tynecastle.

He has handled 16 matches involving the Jambos to date – dishing out 25 yellows and four reds to Hearts players, including Blazej Augustyn in their 2-0 win over Ross County in October.

Muir – who has been a referee since April 1992 – was first admitted to the Scottish FA list in June 1999 before being promoted to Category One status five years later.

He has been on the SPL list since the start of the 2008-09 campaign and was a Uefa Category One official between 2009 and 2011.

Muir has previously overseen one other match between Celtic and Hearts on the final day of the 2011-12 season, awarding the Hoops a penalty in their 5-0 win at Parkhead.

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Unseen: Muir did not spot that Inverness defender Meekings had stopped Leigh Griffiths’ header on the line with his arm (Picture from Sky Sports)

He will be remembered by Celtic fans as the man behind the goal who failed to spot a Josh Meekings handball in their controversial Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Inverness at Hampden Park last season.

Muir also fulfilled the same role for Celtic’s Scottish Cup exit to Old Firm rivals Rangers at the same stage on penalties earlier this month.

His most memorable moment of his 24-year officiating career was as an additional assistant for the 2011 Champions League quarter-final between Barcelona and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Nou Camp.

Ronny Deila’s champions-elect Celtic are four points away from securing a fifth successive title with four games remaining as they chase their third win over Hearts this season in league and cup.

The Jambos are eight points behind second-placed Aberdeen but have failed to score in their last two games, including last weekend’s 1-o defeat at Motherwell after which head coach Robbie Neilson apologised for his team’s display.

John Beaton to referee first Dundee derby of season

Referee John Beaton will take charge of the first Dundee derby of the 2015-16 Scottish Premiership season next week at Tannadice.

John Beaton (Hibernian v Falkirk - 18th April 2015)

REFEREE John Beaton will take charge of the first Dundee derby of the top-flight season when the two city rivals meet at Tannadice next Tuesday (August 11).

The 33-year-old from north Lanarkshire will be in the middle for the televised encounter when Dundee United play host to their close neighbours, who are separated by a mere 30 yards on Tannadice Street, in the Scottish Premiership.

He will be ably assisted by linesmen Stephen Mitchell and Alasdair Ross while the fourth official will be Craig Charleston.

Beaton will also officiate the West Glasgow derby between Partick Thistle and champions Celtic at Firhill on Sunday afternoon (KO 12:30pm, live on BT Sport).

It’s the second time he will oversee a Dundee derby with the other at Dens Park in March when Dundee earned their first win over United since 2004.

Beaton was largely untroubled in a relatively calm game but issued seven yellow cards and gave United a dubious penalty for an apparent handball by Kevin Thomson from Chris Erskine’s shot.

It was another progressive season for the Motherwell-based whistler in 2014-15 which included several high-profile games such as the Scottish Cup semi-final between Hibernian and Falkirk, the Challenge Cup Final at McDiarmid Park and the Premiership top-two encounter at Parkhead in March.

However, he hit the headlines during the close season after being headbutted when taking charge of a challenging Saudi Arabia derby between Al Hilal and Al Nasr in Riyadh.

Selected after the Saudi FA contacted their Scottish counterparts to request officials for the title decider, Beaton showed eight yellow cards and sent off three players including Salem Al Dawsari, who has since issued a personal apology to the official for the headbutt.

Beaton was not involved in the opening round of Premiership fixtures – instead he was the man in black for Hibernian’s 3-0 Scottish League Cup first round win over Montrose at Easter Road in which he showed two yellow cards.

Last term, Beaton handled 33 domestic matches in which he issued 114 yellow cards, sent off four players and awarded nine penalties.

He has often been the centre of controversy, though, in his career including last season when sending off St Johnstone captain Dave Mackay in their 3-0 defeat to Celtic in August for an apparent last-man foul on Derk Boerrigter, who was later banned for two matches for diving.

Beaton was in the middle for three other Dundee games last term – their 1-0 win at St Mirren in August, 2-0 victory over Hamilton in October and their 2-0 Scottish Cup fifth round defeat to Celtic at Dens Park in which he became the first Scottish referee to use vanishing spray.

Beaton – whose cousin Steven Nicholls is also a referee – has risen up the pecking order since receiving his first SPL match between Dundee United and Dunfermline in March 2012 and became a Fifa referee in the same year.

He has been refereeing since 2001 and became a Category One official in 2009.

In 2013-14, Beaton oversaw the League Cup semi-final between Inverness and Hearts at Hibs’ Easter Road stadium and has handled three lower division play-off matches.

He has been an additional assistant referee in the 2013 Scottish Cup Final and several Champions League matches which Willie Collum and Craig Thomson have refereed.

Outside of football, Beaton is a communications officer at the University of Strathclyde and had aspirations to be a journalist including a three-year stint in Public Relations at Strathclyde Police.

Bobby Madden – the referee for the previous Dundee derby on the final day of last season – oversaw Dundee’s outstanding 4-0 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Saturday while Kevin Clancy was in the middle for Dundee United’s 1-0 reverse to Aberdeen on Sunday.


LAST SEASON’S DUNDEE DERBY OFFICIALS:

21 September 2014 –  Dundee 1-4 Dundee United (Scottish Premiership, Dens Park)
Referee:  Steven McLean

24 September –  Dundee United 1-0 Dundee (Scottish League Cup, Tannadice)
Referee:  Craig Thomson

1 January 2015 –  Dundee United 6-2 Dundee (Scottish Premiership, Tannadice)
Referee:  Kevin Clancy

8 April –  Dundee 3-1 Dundee United (Scottish Premiership, Dens Park)
Referee:  John Beaton

24 May –  Dundee United 3-0 Dundee (Scottish Premiership, Tannadice)
Referee:  Bobby Madden


ELSEWHERE THIS WEEKEND….

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The Religious Education teacher took charge of last season’s Scottish Cup Final involving Inverness (Picture from Sky Sports)

Willie Collum will take charge of St Johnstone’s first home game of the Ladbrokes Premiership season against Inverness Caley Thistle at McDiarmid Park on Saturday (KO 3pm).

It will serve as the final preparations before the 36-year-old Lanarkshire official jets off to the Georgian capital Tbilisi to officiate the Uefa Super Cup between La Liga rivals Barcelona and Sevilla next Tuesday.

Collum’s decision not to send off Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon for bringing down Ross County’s Jackson Irvine outside the box in the Premiership opener at Celtic Park has been heavily scrutinised.

He wil be assisted in Perth by linesmen Frank Connor and Graham Chambers while the fourth official is Colin Steven.

Craig Thomson will oversee his first game of the season when early high-flyers Dundee and newly-promoted Hearts meet at Dens Park (Saturday KO 3pm).

The 43-year-old Paisley whistler had to withdraw from the Petrofac Training Cup first round tie between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on July 25 through illness.

Gavin Harris and Kylie McMullan are the assistant referees with Ryan Milne the fourth official.

Andrew Dallas will be in charge of Ross County against Hamilton Academical at the Global Energy Arena (Saturday KO 3pm).

Fifa official Bobby Madden will handle his second Premiership match of the campaign when Motherwell host Dundee United at Fir Park (Saturday KO 3pm).

On Sunday, Aberdeen’s top-flight match with Kilmarnock at Pittodrie will be officiated by Steven McLean (KO 3pm).

In the Scottish Championship, Kevin Clancy has been appointed to Rangers’ opening league match against relegated St Mirren at Ibrox on Friday night (KO 7:45pm, live on BT Sport).

And on Saturday, Don Robertson – who was promoted to a Category One official last term – will be the man in black for Hibernian’s first second-tier fixture at Dumbarton (KO 3pm).


NEXT WEEK….

SPFL Premiership Match Official Appointments (11th and 12th August 2015)
The Scottish Premiership referee appointments for matchday three of the 2015-16 season (Picture from SFA)

Bobby Madden to referee 2015 Scottish League Cup Final

Referee Bobby Madden has been appointed to the 2015 Scottish League Cup Final between Dundee United and Celtic on Sunday 15 March at Hampden Park.

Bobby Madden referee (Rangers v Raith Rovers - 8th February 2015)
Madden’s only other League Cup tie this season was holders Aberdeen’s 1-0 win over Hamilton in the third round

BOBBY Madden has been confirmed as the referee for the 2015 Scottish League Cup Final between Dundee United and Celtic.

The 36-year-old will be in the middle as the Scottish Premiership champions face last season’s Scottish Cup runners-up at Hampden Park on Sunday, 15 March (KO 3pm live on BBC Scotland).

He will be assisted by linesmen Stephen Mitchell and Graeme Leslie while the fourth official will be Kevin Clancy – who also carried out the same role in the 2013 final.

2015 Scottish League Cup Final Appointment (1)

2015 Scottish League Cup Final Appointment (2)

It will be Madden’s first major domestic final although the Stirling-based whistler oversaw semi-finals in both the League Cup and Scottish Cup last season while he was also an additional assistant referee for the 2013 Scottish Cup Final.

The high-profile appointment came on the same day he was selected to take charge of Hibernian’s Scottish Cup quarter-final with Berwick Rangers at Easter Road on Sunday while he will be the fourth official for Motherwell’s Premiership match with Kilmarnock on Saturday.

The fitness instructor has officiated 31 games in all competitions so far this season – only Willie Collum has handled more among Scotland’s referees.

The most recent was Hearts’ astonishing 10-0 win over Cowdenbeath last Saturday at Tynecastle in which he awarded the Jambos three spotkicks and sent off Blue Brazil defender Lewis Toshney in the first half.

Overall, he has brandished 106 yellow cards, sent off six players and awarded nine penalties.

Bobby Madden issues yellow card (Hibs v Rangers - 27th Dec 2014)
Madden – who has refereed 15 Premiership games this season – has only ever officiated one Celtic v Dundee United clash in the past

Madden has refereed Celtic four times already this term – three of which came in the first three months of the season against Inverness, Aberdeen and Ross County in the league while the last was at home to Motherwell on 21 January.

He has also taken charge of four Dundee United league victories over St Mirren in August, St Johnstone in September, Ross County in December and Hamilton Accies on 12 January.

Madden was set to be appointed to Celtic’s semi-final against Old Firm rivals Rangers last month according to reports in the press but Craig Thomson was selected instead.

Madden enjoyed a largely successful season in 2013-14, overseeing 42 games in total including 24 Scottish Premiership games.

He oversaw Aberdeen’s 4-0 League Cup semi win over St Johnstone and Dundee United’s 3-1 Scottish Cup semi victory over Rangers and was in the middle for three Edinburgh derbies throughout the calendar year of 2014.

His final match of last season was the first leg of Hibernian’s Premiership play-off in which they beat Hamilton 2-0 at New Douglas Park in May before losing the second leg at home after a penalty shoot-out.

Madden has also been the fourth official for two League Cup semi-finals, including Dundee United's 2-1 win over Aberdeen last month (Image via Motherwell FC)
Madden has also been the fourth official for two League Cup semi-finals, including Dundee United’s 2-1 win over Aberdeen last month (Image via Motherwell FC)

Madden – who has been a referee since 2002 – was promoted to Category One in 2009 and has been a regular in the Scottish top-flight since his first match in January 2011.

A year later he became a Fifa official – one of seven from Scotland currently on the list of international referees.

Madden’s status is continuing to grow on the continental stage having overseen three Europa League ties this season while he has also been part of the Champions League officiating teams as an additional assistant referee.

His refereeing style – of allowing the game to flow without the use of cards unless necessary – and consistent performances is reflected in his position on the merit table while many among refereeing circles believe the appointment is well-deserved.

Inevitably, supporters of both Celtic and Dundee United have been having their say on social media…

Other contenders to have been awarded the showpiece were Kevin Clancy, John Beaton and Crawford Allan while Steven McLean was in charge of last year’s contest which Aberdeen won on penalties at the expense of Inverness Caley Thistle at Celtic Park.

It will be the second of three meetings in a matter of weeks between Dundee United and Celtic, who also face each other in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals this weekend and in the league in a fortnight’s time.

Jackie McNamara’s Tangerines lost the Scottish Cup Final to Tayside rivals St Johnstone last May while it will be a first final for Celtic boss Ronny Deila since the Norwegian replaced Neil Lennon last summer as the current Premiership leaders target a first treble since 2000-01.

Kevin Clancy to officiate 2014 Ramsdens Cup Final

Kevin Clancy will be the man in the middle for the 2014 Ramsdens Cup Final between Raith Rovers and Rangers at Easter Road next month.

Kevin Clancy watches on (Stranraer v Dundee Utd - 8th Feb 2015)
International: Clancy became a Fifa referee in January 2012 (Picture from Sky Sports)

REFEREE Kevin Clancy will take charge of the 2014 Ramsdens Cup Final between Raith Rovers and Rangers, the SFA have confirmed.

The 30-year-old has been appointed to oversee the showpiece on Sunday, April 6, at Hibernian’s Easter Road stadium.

Stephen Mitchell and Joseph Lawson will be the assistant referees, with Greg Aitken named as the fourth official.

Clancy was admitted to the Scottish FA list of referees in June 2005 and became a Category One official four years later.

He officiated League One champions Rangers’ 2-0 win over nearest challengers Dunfermline at Ibrox earlier this month, sending off Pars defender Danny Grainger in the second half.

The Renfrewshire-based whistler attracted criticism for his handling of a Scottish League Cup quarter-final between Inverness and Dundee United earlier this term when brandishing 13 yellow cards and sending off Nadir Ciftci for allegedly grabbing the throat of linesman Gavin Harris.

Clancy, who was the fourth official for last season’s League Cup final at Hampden Park, has never been the man in the middle for a national final before.

His stature has grown significantly this term, receiving 13 Scottish Premiership appointments and last-eight ties in both the League Cup and Scottish Cup.

Clancy has refereed 29 games in all competitions this season, brandishing 140 yellows and two red cards and awarding seven penalties.

Championship side Raith beat Annan Athletic 3-0 in the Ramsdens Cup semi-finals under Clancy’s stewardship back in October while the Light Blues progressed to the final with a cagey 1-0 win over Stenhousemuir.

Queen of the South lifted the Challenge Cup last year following a penalty shoot-out victory over Partick Thistle at Livingston’s Almondvale Stadium.

Rovers supporters will be housed in the Famous Five Stand with an initial allocation of 3,500 for their first final in 20 years with Rangers fans expected to fill the rest of the 20,000 available seats.

The 16:05 kick-off will be screened live on BBC ALBA.