Referee for Saturday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dundee Utd is the experienced Iain Brines.
Iain will be handling his second Motherwell match of the campaign; he was in charge for the 1-0 win over St Mirren back in August when a last-minute Tom Hateley free-kick gave the Steelmen all three points.
He will be a familiar face to ‘Well fans over the years, none more so than last season where he handled six Motherwell matches, more than any other official.
He was the man in the middle for the games against St Johnstone in early September, St Mirren at Fir Park one month later, Rangers on Boxing Day, Saturday’s opponents Dundee Utd at Tannadice in January, Inverness in the Highlands last March and the Scottish Cup Semi Final against St Johnstone.
A Nick Blackman wonder strike and an own-goal from Kevin Rutkiewicz was enough to earn the Steelmen all three points in Perth and late goals from Tom Hateley and Jamie Murphy gave ‘Well a 3-1 against Danny Lennon’s men.
Managerless ‘Well were thumped by Rangers despite John Sutton’s goal early in the second half. A Kenny Miller double along with goals from Vladmir Weiss and a Steven Saunders own goal gave Rangers a comfortable 4-1 win.
United were comfortable 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Johnny Russell and David Goodwillie and Inverness ran out 3-0 winners courtesy of goals from Sutherland, Foran and MacDonald – arguable the worst performance of the season.
Prior to that Saints game three months ago, his most recent appointment was that fantastic day at Hampden when Craigan, Murphy and Sutton booked ‘Well a spot in the Final.
To his credit, Brines was excellent in all six matches with the games at McDiarmid Park and the Caledonian Stadium passing off without a single caution; a rarity in modern football.
The 44-year-old, who has been a top-flight official for a decade and amongst FIFA’s elite group for five years, has already handled SPL games at Easter Road, Ibrox, St Mirren Park, Pittodrie, East End Park and Rugby Park.
His overall record in charge of the Steelmen is a bit of a mix bag. Of the 30 games he has taken charge of, Motherwell have won eleven, draw four and lost fifteen.
In those games, 106 players have seen yellow, 48 of which in claret and amber, while three have been sent for an early bath.
Iain will be assisted by Gary Cheyne and David Watt with John Beaton on fourth official duties.