Controversial referee confirmed for Rangers' Scottish Cup clash with Celtic
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Rangers' Scottish Cup clash with Celtic given to controversial referee

Bobby Madden will take charge of the upcoming Old Firm Scottish Cup clash at Ibrox, the Scottish FA have confirmed, as Rangers look to take a step closer to a domestic double with a win over their bitter rivals.

The controversial whistler has been handed the Ibrox fixture with Kevin Clancy as fourth official, after coming under fire from Celtic for his performance in the meeting between the two sides in January for sending off Nir Bitton.

Madden during January’s Old Firm at Ibrox (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It will be Madden’s seventh Old Firm game, sending off Alfredo Morelos and Jordan Jones last season and Rangers fans will be hoping for a quiet performance from the official.


So far this season, Madden has dished out 88 yellow cards and four reds in 29 games across various competitions at home and in Europe.

Despite being one of Scotland’s ‘top’ referees, Madden has only taken charge of one game at Ibrox this term – the January Old Firm win – but he has officiated the Gers on four occasions away from home.

The Scottish Cup tie between the Old Firm will be the fourth meeting of the sides this season with whoever wins putting themselves in pole position to get their hands on the trophy in May.

The referee regularly infuriates fans with his decision making (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

With the Light Blues in excellent form and having only lost one game all season domestically, they’ll be looking to continue that record and set up a quarter-final date against St. Johnstone or Clyde the following weekend.

Meanwhile, a Rangers loanee is finally in line to make his Premiership debut, six months after heading out of Ibrox.

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