Thomson in charge of cup final

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Thomson in charge of cup final

Referee for Sunday’s Betfred Cup final clash against Celtic at Hampden Park is Craig Thomson.

The 45-year old takes charge of his third Motherwell fixture of the season, as the Steelmen look to end a 26-year wait for silverware.

The official was in the middle for the trip to Hamilton earlier this campaign, when a spirited fightback saw the Steelmen come from a goal down to win 2-1, and prior to that he oversaw the forgettable clash with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

Thomson took charge on four occasions last term, which included both the first and last games of the season, starting with a win against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park and ending with a 3-2 loss away to Inverness.

In between those clashes, the official oversaw a 1-1 draw away to Partick Thistle in September and the crushing Scottish Cup defeat against Rangers at Ibrox.

One of the top Scottish referees in the game, Thomson has been in charge of fixtures at all levels, including the UEFA Champions League and World Cup Qualifiers.

Of the three matches he refereed in Europe’s premier club competition last season, one match included 2015/16 finalists Atlético Madrid.

His record in charge of the Steelmen is a bit of a mixed bag with 17 wins from 51 matches. There have been 24 defeats and ten draws too.

Not included in that list was the 2007/08 Scottish Cup fourth round replay win against Hearts at Fir Park, when he replaced the injured Stuart Dougal midway through the second half.

In those games, Motherwell have scored 72 and conceded 78.

A total of 173 players have gone into the book, 89 were wearing claret and amber. Up until the Saints clash, seven players had been shown a red card, including former captains Stephen Craigan and Keith Lasley. That total surged to ten following the dismissals of Trevor Carson, Carl McHugh and Charles Dunne back in August in Perthshire.

Craig will be ably assisted by David McGeachie and Sean Carr. Andrew Dallas is fourth official.

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