BOBBY MADDEN has revealed he was keen on a new challenge after announcing his exit from Scottish football to move to be a referee in England. 

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

Writing on Instagram, he said: Time for change. I say goodbye to Scottish football after almost 20 years of amazing memories and experiences since I began the entrance class in August 2002.  

“I have refereed over 400 professional fixtures since being promoted to Category 1 in 2008, including both major cup finals and many memorable matches.  

“In line with other professional development opportunities I'm undertaking I'm excited to start a new chapter in the English Football League from season 2022/23.  

“I will be joining their National List of referees, officiating in Leagues 1 & 2 and I welcome the new challenge.  

“I will definitely miss the fantastic crowd interaction in Scotland and hopefully won't be too long until the English fans make me feel as welcome!  

“I would like to thank the Scottish FA and all my colleagues for their support over the years. Thanks for the memories, Bobby Madden.”