Bobby Madden has been confirmed as the referee for Celtic’s Scottish Cup Fourth Round game against Rangers at Ibrox. The whistleblower officiated the 1-0 loss to Steven Gerrard’s side in January in which the Ibrox outfit did not register a single shot on target yet ran out winners thanks to a Callum McGregor own-goal. However, the main talking point was a red card for Nir Bitton as Celtic dominated the game.
The game would all but end the hopes of a tenth consecutive league title for Neil Lennon and his team, with the Irishman leaving his role a number of weeks later. The referee will be assisted by David McGeachie and Graeme Stewart, with Kevin Clancy as the fourth official for Glasgow Derby.
Madden is one of the better Scottish referees and usually performs his duties without any controversy. Although, back in 2017, Celtic were denied a blatant penalty as Madden adjudged Clint Hill to get the ball with a waist high lunge at Leigh Griffiths, who was 1v1.
Griffiths in front of the defender, right in front of goal and Madden decided no penalty and no red card. The score was 1-1 and that incident happened in the last few seconds of the match.