Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Bobby Madden to Ref Scottish Cup Old Firm Semi-Final

The Scottish Football Association has announced that Bobby Madden will be the referee for the Old Firm clash against Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final. The experienced ref will take up his role and get in the middle of the two Glasgow sides for the third time. He has refereed 33 games this season, issuing 112 bookings, which included five red cards. He also refereed last year’s Scottish Cup final between Celtic and Aberdeen.

Celtic fans may remember Bobby Madden best for his perceptive performance last season in the 1-1 draw between Celtic and the Rangers at Parkhead. Madden denied Celtic a potentially game-changing last-minute penalty kick when Leigh Griffiths went down from a challenge by Clint Hill. Let’s hope he shows the same talent during this year’s Scottish Cup semi-final. Perceptiveness is a key skill for any referee, and not everyone is up to the job. Take the How Perceptive are You by Unibet test to see if you would be up to the task.

Madden will be joined by assistant referees David McGeachie and Graeme Stewart, as well as additional assistants Don Robertson and Nick Walsh and fourth official Steven McLean.

Meanwhile, Kevin Clancy will referee the semi-final match between Motherwell and Aberdeen the day before. He will be joined by Douglas Ross and David Roome as assistant referees, Andrew Dallas and Alan Muir as additional assistants and Greg Aitken as the fourth official.

The Scottish Cup semi-final is a crucial match for the Rangers F.C., who are now second Aberdeen and 13 points behind Celtic now that they have played their game in hand in the Scottish League. There’s no games left before the league splits, but with a total of five games left to play, they could well make second place in the league. First, is highly unlikely and would depend on Celtic suffering an unlikely end to their campaign.

Although they have shown steady improvements under the temporary manager Graeme Murty, the Rangers have had a generally inconsistent campaign this year, epitomized by the recent home defeats against Celtic and Kilmarnock. And a victory against Celtic in the semi-finals would be a significant boost to morale. If the Rangers could go on to take home the Scottish Cup, as well as pulling it back and finishing second in the league, this could totally change the tone of their season. 

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