Bobby Madden assigned to Celtic v Rangers January clash
Bobby Madden has been chosen to referee the Celtic v Rangers derby on the 2nd of January (Daily Record).
The highly-awaited Ibrox clash sees Celtic try to reduce the gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership. Rangers, meanwhile, will want to build on their 2-0 defeat of the Bhoys in October (BBC).
Celtic were at the centre of a recent Madden conspiracy, in which Hibs fans claimed his decisions benefitted the Bhoys. Apparently, he works for us. Didn’t you know?
Madden has so far dished out 14 yellows and 2 reds in the Scottish Premiership this season (WhoScored?), but you’d expect that tally to rise exponentially at the start of 2021.
Madden’s Celtic-Rangers history
Bobby Madden, to be fair to him, hasn’t shirked from making big calls. On the September 1st 2019 edition of the derby, he sent off Rangers’ Jordan Jones for his wild tackle on Moritz Bauer (Belfast Telegraph).
He also dismissed discipline’s own Alfredo Morelos and Andy Halliday in the March 2019 clash, which finished 2-1 to the Bhoys (BBC). He did, however, miss Ryan Kent’s off-the-ball antics in that game.
Interestingly, Madden has averaged 1 penalty per game in the Scottish Premiership so far this season. He’s refereed Europa League and Champions League clashes in 20-21, as well as two matches in the Euro Nations league (Transfermarkt).
While we hope Madden isn’t the centre of attention on January 2nd, he’s got a job to do controlling both sets of players.
Despite the lack of crowd noise, controversy is never far from Celtic v Rangers fixtures. While the lack of crowd will once again serve an eery reminder of the world outside, it won’t affect the decisions Bobby Madden has to make.
Despite any letters to Santa asking for Andrew Dallas, this is the news we have. There’s plenty more football between now and the start of January, but any new calendars will have this match marked already.