For the third time in 12 SPFL matches Bobby Madden will referee Celtic. On Saturday Ange Postecoglou’s side take on Livingston with the Lanarkshire based official once again in charge. Since the Australian took charge of Celtic he’ll have had the same referee in charge of 25% of Premiership matches.
So far this season the SFA have used 16 referees for Premiership matches, Saturday will be Madden’s seventh Premiership match this season, 43% of them involving Celtic.
The Lanarkshire based official was in charge for Celtic’s first match of the season when they lost 2-1 away to Hearts.
Liel Abada had a perfectly good goal ruled offside by an assistant but the most controversial incident was when Andy Halliday planted his studs into the ankle of Callum McGregor.
It was uncomfortable to watch, painful for McGregor but Madden decided that it wasn’t worth a yellow card. Madden has appeared alongside Halliday on the Open Goal podcast.
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When Celtic travelled to Aberdeen at the start of October they won the match 2-1 but some very unusual stats from the match were highlighted on line
The hoops had 61% possession but according to BBC Scotland managed to commit an incredible 27 fouls. Madden refereed the match.
In the following match away to Motherwell the hoops had even greater possession, 73% and committed 12 fouls over 90 minutes.
In the three matches since Madden last refereed Celtic the hoops have committed 27 fouls- the same number as they committed in that strange 90 minutes at Pittodrie.
Steven McLean will be the fourth official for the match against Livingston.
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