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Keith Hackett has heaped praise on Bobby Madden for his officiating of the Old Firm clash between Rangers and Celtic on Sunday.
The Bears once again came out on top at Ibrox, with an own-goal and Steven Davis strike in the first half enough to jump into the next round of the Scottish Cup.
Davis’ strike came after great advantage being played by Madden, and Hackett believes that the experience on show during that passage was excellent.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, Hackett said, “Great advantage.
“I think we’ve got to recognise that was an excellent piece of refereeing. The referee was up with play, he was reading the game well.
“He has been penalised, the advantage signal is given, he has maintained his run in a great position, although the assistant is slightly offline.
“Great call, great decision.”
The only thing wrong with this passage of play was the decision not to hand Steven Welsh a yellow card after the celebrations.
Davis’ goal may have left Madden forgetting the earlier challenge, with Ryan Kent joining the celebrations after he was fouled.
We would much rather the early goal rather than a free-kick near the halfway line though, and this just shows how dangerous the Bears have become.
In one swift movement, they can go from one end of the pitch to another, and sometimes the only way to stop them is tactical fouls.
Well played, Madden.