ALISTAIR Mather will be another one flying the flag for Aberdeen at tomorrow’s Scottish Cup final.
Mather, 37, is one of referee Willie Collum’s assistants for the Hampden showdown between Inverness Caley Thistle and Falkirk.
It’s the first final the Aberdonian has been involved in, having previously been on the line at Hibs v Falkirk and Rangers v Dundee United cup semis.
The city-based tax advisor gave credit to the Evening Express for helping send him on the road that has taken him to a dream day out at the national stadium.
Mather said: “I only took up refereeing after spotting an appeal in the Evening Express for people to come along to the trainee classes.
“It’s the best move I ever made.”
Being involved in the cup final caps an amazing season for Mather.
He was the fourth official at the Champions League quarter-final between Monaco and Juventus. Mather has also officiated at Juventus v Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund as well as his first international, Latvia v Turkey.
“That sort of stuff makes all the effort put in over the years to climb up through the ranks worthwhile,” he said.
Being out on the pitch at a Scottish Cup final as well is something he will cherish.
Mather said: “There aren’t too many officials from Aberdeen who have been given that honour.
“There is a bit of pressure because you want to do well in such a showpiece game.
“But it will still be a tremendous thrill to be walking out on to that pitch tomorrow.”
The other assistant is Elgin-based Douglas Ross, who is also well known as a Moray councillor and finished runner-up to Moray MP Angus Robertson in the recent general election.
He was on the line at the 2014 League Cup final at Celtic Park, when the Dons beat Inverness on penalties.