BOBBY MADDEN will referee in England next year after transferring from the Scottish FA.

The whistler, 43, relocated down south over the summer and will now take charge of English domestic fixtures instead of Scotland.

Catergory One ref Madden resigned from the Scottish FA after a 20-year stint and taking charge of more than 1,000 matches.

It's expected he will now officiate English League One and Two matches in his first season in England.

Madden told the Scottish FA website: “I would like to thank the Scottish FA for their support over the years – from my first match as a young referee to various derby matches and international appointments.

“It’s been some journey in that time, from Scottish Cup finals to refereeing and training during a pandemic, but the time is right for me for a number of reasons to relocate and as a result I’m grateful for the opportunity with the FA.”

The SFA added: "The Scottish FA would like to thank Bobby for his commitment to refereeing and passion to drive recruitment, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours."

And confirming the switch to England, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited Twiter account posted: "PGMOL is pleased to announce that Bobby Madden will join the National Group of referees from the 2022/23 season - transferring from the Scottish FA following his relocation to England this summer."