The two Glasgow rivals go head to head at Hampden next weekend for a place in May’s showpiece game – and the SFA have today announced the officials for the match.
While Kevin Clancy will take on the other semi between Aberdeen and Motherwell, Madden will be in charge of Sunday’s match between Celtic and Rangers.
And, for some reason, a lot of Hoops supporters aren’t surprised about that.
They took to Twitter after the appointment was revealed:
Here we go Bobby Madden is the ref for next sunday Scottish Cup semi final. God help us 😠😠😠😠
— Claire Paterson (@babeclaire1) April 5, 2018
Wait a minute. There was folk who thought madden WOULDN'T get the semi?
Was an absolute certainty 😂
— Malky (@malkybhoy67) April 5, 2018
Madden gets the Semi…. never seen that coming pic.twitter.com/NXBegWUzUT
— Derek (@TheBhoyMoz) April 5, 2018
Bobby Madden gets Celtic v Rangers semi final… pic.twitter.com/JhFkUEALWP
— Conor 🍀 (@Conor_Spence67) April 5, 2018
Obvcourse bobby madden gets the semi 😂😂
— Sean Griffin (@SeanGriffin_sg1) April 5, 2018
Madden's the ref for the semi 😂 pic.twitter.com/whQ2F3Fwsf
— Sean (@Seanmyers_) April 5, 2018
When I see Bobby Madden's name under Celtic v Rangers… pic.twitter.com/CtpnulK2zB
— Sean Caldow (@sean67caldow) April 5, 2018
Bobby madden to Ref the cup semi final… 😂😂😂
— Steo Kelly (@steokelly89) April 5, 2018
Bobby Madden 🙄 https://t.co/qo2wrfwpdt
— Frankie Mcgowan (@frankjnrjnr) April 5, 2018
Bobby Madden an ex Rangers season ticket holder will be refereeing a Celtic v Rangers Scottish Cup Semi Final.
The SFA arent even subtle about it.
— JT (@1888JT) April 5, 2018
Bobby madden surprise surprise
— Jim Cunning (@jimcunning1) April 5, 2018
Great news for Celtic that Bobby Madden has been named to ref the SC Semi Final. There's a good chance he'll hand us an advantage by sending off a Celtic player.
— ThreadKiller (@Thread_Killer) April 5, 2018
And it’ll no doubt go on until the game kicks off at the national stadium next weekend.
Celtic and Rangers are meeting just a month after their hugely entertaining 3-2 game at Ibrox, which saw a 10-man Celts team win courtesy of an Odsonne Edouard goal.
Now, though, Graeme Murty’s men will be looking for revenge in a game that is pivotal to Celtic’s treble push.
They’ve already won the Betfred Cup and are close to securing the title so a win against Rangers would set them up nicely for the historic feat of back-to-back trebles.