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

Referee Bobby Madden has revealed his worst performance as a top Scottish football official came in Dundee.

Thursday, 19th November 2020, 8:00 pm
Referee Bobby Madden (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group)
Referee Bobby Madden (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group)

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.

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.

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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.”

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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