Scotland to be represented in the knockout stages of Europe – as referee Bobby Madden lands AZ Alkmaar vs Lyon tie

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport

SCOTTISH referee Bobby Madden will go Dutch this week after landing a Europa League clash.

The 38-year-old has been selected by Uefa to oversee Thursday evening’s last-32 encounter between AZ Alkmaar and Lyon.

The fixture at the AZ Stadion will be Madden’s fourth European date of the campaign, having taken charge of Dinamo Zagreb’s powder-keg Champions League qualifier against Dinamo Tblisi, as well as Sparta Prague v SonderjyskE and Standard Liege v Ajax in the Europa League.

He was also the man in the middle for Euro 2016 winners Portugal’s 4-1 World Cup qualifying win against Latvia last November.

Madden’s list of high-profile appointments this season is made all the more remarkable given the courageous official missed two months of action after undergoing treatment for thyroid cancer last year, making his comeback in Livingston’s 3-0 win at Brechin City on October 29.

Madden will be assisted by compatriots Alastair Mather and Stuart Stevenson, with Don Robertson and Andrew Dallas acting as additional assistant referees. Graeme Stewart has been named fourth official.

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