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27th Dec, 2017 | 12:28pm

Controversial referee confirmed in charge of Rangers v Celtic

It has been announced that Bobby Madden will referee the upcoming Celtic versus Rangers match at Parkhead on Saturday.

The Scottish Football Association confirmed the appointment on their official website on Wednesday – and it will no doubt be seen as controversial to Celtic supporters.

The game will be the first Old Firm match refereed by Madden since the 1-1 draw at Celtic Park in March, the aftermath of which was dominated by a decision by the referee not to award the Hoops a penalty for an alleged foul on Leigh Griffiths by Clint Hill.

Since then there have been four Old Firm clashes, none of which have been refereed by Madden, and all of which have been won by the Bhoys.

The Hoops will go into the match at least eight points ahead of their oldest rivals, following the 2-0 Boxing Day win over Dundee.

First-half goals from James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths gave the Bhoys the victory in what was a workmanlike performance, which was marred by an ankle injury suffered by Jonny Hayes.

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Rangers are in action before the derby when they take on Motherwell at Ibrox on Wednesday night.

The first Old Firm derby of this season was won 2-0 by Celtic at Ibrox in September, thanks to goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths.

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