Referee announced for Rangers' trip to Motherwell amid ongoing whistler scrutiny
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Referee named for Rangers' Motherwell trip amid ongoing whistler scrutiny

Referee Bobby Madden will take charge of Rangers trip to Motherwell this weekend amid continuing complaints about the standard of officiating in Scotland.

Madden will take charge of the crunch trip to Fir Park with David Doig his first assistant, Graeme Leslie his second and Alan Newlands the Four Official.

Bobby Madden will take charge of Rangers visit to Motherwell this weekend. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In Rangers’ last two matches the standard of Scottish officiating has come under the microscope following a spate of controversial decisions.


Rangers fans expressed fears about protections over their players after Dundee United defender Ryan Edwards wasn’t carded nor retrospectively punished for a nasty challenge on Alfredo Morelos.

Referee Don Robertson and his team also came in for criticism for failing to manage a range of robust challenges on Rangers players in the club’s 2-2 draw with Hibs.

Hibs equaliser in that match was also offside and wasn’t flagged by an incompetent linesman.

Rangers are set to travel to Lanarkshire this coming Sunday with the match scheduled to kick off at 12pm – 40 hours on from when the Gers are set to kick off against Willem II in a Euro qualifier.

The Gers travel to Holland to take on the Dutch side in what promises to be a challenging third-round qualifier for a place in the Europa League playoffs.

But after a stumbling 2-2 draw with Hibs at Easter Road Rangers will be hoping to bounce back against a resurgent Motherwell on home soil come the weekend.

Referee Don Robertson allowed Hibs to bend the rules and impose an over-physical game in order to compete with Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Despite their recent stumbling form – and lowly league position – Steve Robinson’s side are in resurgent mood, dumping Scottish Premiership rivals Aberdeen 3-0 over the weekend.

The Steelmen are also in Euro action on Thursday night, Robinson’s side travelling to Israel to face Hapoel Be’er Sheva in a Europa League qualifier of their own.

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