Bobby Madden will now take charge of the upcoming Old Firm between Rangers and Celtic after he was appointed in place of Willie Collum following the postponement of the original date earlier this month.
Collum was originally slated to take charge on January 2 when the sides met at Celtic Park but the Scottish FA website has been updated to show Madden as the match official when the sides meet on February 2.
Madden was in charge when Rangers beat Celtic 2-0 last season in the Scottish Cup but hasn’t taken charge of a Premiership Old Firm clash since he officiated Celtic’s 2-0 win at Ibrox in 2019.
That was the last time Celtic recorded a win over Rangers in the league – ironic given Celtic fans call him ‘Brother Madden’.
Madden will also take charge of Celtic’s clash with Hibs on Monday night so you can probably set your watch by complaints coming on Tuesday morning from Glasgow’s east end.
They’ve already gone public with ‘concerns’ over referee Nick Walsh in the lead-up to him taking charge of an Old Firm this season so a repeat with Beaton would be right out of their paranoid playbook.
A win for Rangers when the sides meet at Parkhead would be a massive boost in the title race and leave Rangers in a very strong position to go on and seal the title for a second successive season and extend the club’s world record tally of league titles to 56.