Steven McLean

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Steven McLean (born 1 April 1981) is a Scottish football referee.[1] He became a FIFA referee in 2010[2] and was selected to officiate at the 2011 UEFA U17 European Championship.

Steven McLean
Full name Steven McLean
Born (1981-04-01) April 1, 1981 (age 41)
Years League Role
1997– Scottish Football Association Referee
2007–2013 SFL / SPL Referee
2013– SPFL Referee
Years League Role
2010–2017 FIFA listed Referee

In October 2011 McLean was in charge of a 2013 European Under-21 qualifier involving Spain and Croatia.[3]

In January 2012 McLean was the referee for a Scottish League Cup semi-final[4] - an Ayrshire derby between Kilmarnock and Ayr United, won by the former who went on to lift the trophy.

In March 2014 McLean refereed his first major national final, the 2014 Scottish League Cup Final between Aberdeen and Inverness Caledonian Thistle which Aberdeen won in a penalty shoot-out. However at the end of the league season he angered Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes by failing to award a foul in the last minute of their match with Motherwell, permitting Motherwell to score the winning goal and thereby overtake Aberdeen in the standings.[5]

In 2015, McLean took charge of a League Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Dundee United, and a Scottish Cup semi-final between Inverness CT and Celtic; he and his assistants came in for criticism for their performance in the latter match, where they missed an apparent deliberate handball by an Inverness defender in his own penalty area at a pivotal point in the game.[6][7]

McLean was in-charge of another semi-final in January 2016 when Hibernian met St Johnstone in the League Cup.

In May 2016 McLean was selected to officiate his first Scottish Cup final, the 2016 edition at Hampden Park involving Rangers and Hibernian,[8][7] and was also chosen for Scottish football's most high-profile domestic league fixture, the Old Firm derby, on Hogmanay 2016 - both matches passed with no controversy on the part of the officials.

As of 2016, McLean was employed full-time by the SFA as a recruitment and education officer for referees[9] and is also a qualified fitness instructor and physiotherapist (member of CSP).[10] He was not selected on the SFA's list of international FIFA officials for 2017.[11]

Steven is the son of former Kilmarnock player Stuart McLean[12][13] and the brother of footballer Brian McLean.[14]


  1. ^ "SFA Profile". Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  2. ^ FIFA. "Scotland: Referees". Retrieved on 6 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Rab Douglas back to face Raith Rovers after Dundee win red card appeal". The Courier. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  4. ^ "League Cup Semi Final date for McLean". Glasgow Referees' Association. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes tears into blunder ref: You cost us second spot". Daily Record. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  6. ^ Lindsay, Clive (19 April 2015). "Inverness CT 3-2 Celtic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Steven McLean says Scottish Cup final is pinnacle of referee's career". Sky Sports. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  8. ^ "New Zealand Dollar – Steven McLean Appointed Scottish Cup Final Referee". Glasgow Referees' Association. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  9. ^ "FIFA Nominations for 2017 Confirmed". Scottish Football Association. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Our physios". Optimal Physio. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  11. ^ "FIFA Nominations for 2017 Confirmed". Scottish Football Association. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  12. ^ "No rub of the green for unlucky Killie". Daily Record. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Kilmarnock 0-1 Aberdeen: Steven McLean should not referee Kilmarnock games - Steve Clarke". BBC Sport. 20 April 2019. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  14. ^ Hanlon, Nick (14 December 2012). "Referee Steven McLean: I booked my brother and threatened to tell our mum". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 2 January 2013.

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