BY IAIN COLLIN –[email protected]_sport
STEVEN McLean will referee a Scottish Cup final for the first time after being appointed to take charge of next weekend’s meeting of Hibernian and Rangers.
It will be the 35-year-old’s second domestic final following his League Cup assignment in 2014 when Aberdeen defeated Inverness Caley Thistle on penalties following a 0-0 draw at Parkhead.
McLean, who has been an SFA official since 2003 and joined the FIFA ranks in 2010, will add the Scottish Cup showcase to the experience of refereeing Europa League ties and a Euro 2016 qualifier this season.
The whistler, who is the brother of former Motherwell, Falkirk and Dundee United defender Brian McLean, was the man in the middle when Rangers defeated Hibs 1-0 at Ibrox back in August and also when Hibs won 2-0 in Govan in February last year.
He will be assisted by David McGeachie and Andrew McWilliam, with Bobby Madden acting as fourth official and John Beaton and Andrew Dallas as additional assistant referees.