Is appointment of Bobby Madden a good omen for Celtic?

By John Reid

August 27, 2019

The identity of the referee for Sunday’s Rangers-Celtic derby Ibrox has been announced by the SFA. Bobby Madden is the man who will take charge of the match between the first and second place side in the Premiership.

It is fair to say that both sets of fans will have an issue with the appointment. That is usually the way with supporters of Celtic and Rangers.

However, could Madden be a good omen for Celtic in the game? It should be remembered that he was in charge of last season’s game between the teams at Celtic Park.

Hoops won last derby he refereed

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The result of that game – 2-1 to Celtic. The game also saw Alfredo Morelos sent-off after an incident with Celtic captain Scott Brown.

It must be pointed out though, that Madden did miss Ryan Kent punching Scott Brown in the second-half of the game.

Should Celtic play to the best of their abilities, they have the players to defeat Rangers, no matter who the referee is.

However, some Celtic fans will remember another incident involving the referee in a Glasgow derby in 2017. Madden refused to give the Hoops a penalty when it looked like Leigh Griffiths was fouled in the penalty box by Clint Hill.

Former Hoops boss infuriated

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The Hoops didn’t get the award, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. It was a decision which infuriated then Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers, who thought it was a ‘clear penalty‘.

Hopefully the referee won’t be the main talking point following the fixture at Ibrox. Celtic fans would much rather be talking about how Neil Lennon masterminded a rare win at Ibrox.

Only time will tell though, as something always happens in a Glasgow derby, often involving the referee.

Hopefully this time the referee does not have an impact on the game and all the talk is about a Celtic victory.