Hibs v Celtic match referee Bobby Madden reveals his worst ever performance

Referee Bobby Madden (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group)Referee Bobby Madden (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group)
Referee Bobby Madden (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group)
Referee Bobby Madden has revealed his worst performance as a top Scottish football official came in Dundee.

The whistler, in charge of Saturday’s big match between Hibs and Celtic, conducted a quickfire Q&A on social media earlier today while waiting on a flight.

Fielding questions from Instagram the 42-year-old, from East Kilbride admitted his ‘most honking’ performance as a ref came in a match between Dundee and St Johnstone a few years ago.

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The last time the whistler was in charge of the Perth side and their Tayside rivals was in 2014 when he dished out five yellow cars at Dens Park in a 1-1 draw.

Madden also had praise for the surroundings at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz in Lisbon as well as Newlandsfield on the south side of Glasgow.

Answering a query about the most ‘beautiful dressing room’ he replied Benfica, with a picture of the changing facilities, and replied “Pollok v Arthurlie was always a great game at Newlandsfield” when asked the best junior ground and game he’d been an official at.

Madden revealed a newspaper advert got him into refereeing and he had “been lucky enough to be in cup finals and Champions League games - when you start that's what you dream of.”

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He added: “ I was an athlete when I was younger and had to stop due to injuries. I saw an advert in the paper and that was me.”

Madden also described VAR as “fantastic – it's developing and improving all the time” and said he’d like referees to be mic’d up in future for fans to hear the interaction and decision-making on the field.

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