Bobby Madden will officiate Celtic’s game against Hearts on Thursday night after the SFA confirmed their referee appointments. The 43-year-old was involved in a controversial sending-off in his last outing as ref in the game between Dundee United and Aberdeen.
Madden will be assisted by Alan Mulvanny and Dougie Potter with Willie Collum operating as Fourth Official. Madden is usually a fair ref, even if he is prone to an error. However, Celtic will need to do the business on the park themselves and enact revenge on Hearts after an opening day defeat. Madden refereed that game too and missed a potential red card offence against Callum McGregor from Andy Halliday.
Celtic were on the end of a dubious refereeing decision at the weekend after Kevin Clancy decided that there was enough contact between Liel Abada’s leg and David Bates. Aberdeen levelled it up but Ange Postecoglou’s team earned all three points after grinding a result out. Celtic will be hoping that they will go into the game looking to cut into Rangers’ lead and putting the Ibrox side in difficulties ahead of the busy month of December.