Douglas Ross to lead Scottish Conservatives - will continue assistant refereeing duties

Ross: "Becoming leader of the Scottish Conservatives today is the honour and privilege of a lifetime."

Assistant referee Douglas Ross during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park

SFA referee Douglas Ross has been named the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party.

The Moray MP will take over from Jackson Carlaw, who resigned on Thursday, just six months after his election as leader.

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Mr Ross is expected to seek a seat at the Holyrood election in 2021.

He will continue with his duties as an assistant referee for the time being and has been appointed an assistant referee at Ibrox this Sunday, where Rangers host St. Mirren.

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It will be up to the new Scottish Conservatives leader to decide himself whether he steps down from his officiating duties at some point.

Every official is assessed on a regular basis and, as long as he meets the standards set and wants to continue, Mr Ross will be considered for matches.

After his appointment, Mr Ross tweeted: "Becoming leader of the Scottish Conservatives today is the honour and privilege of a lifetime."

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  • Up to 48 games LIVE on Sky Sports
  • Coverage will be fronted by Eilidh Barbour
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Regular analyst Kris Boyd will be joined by James McFadden and three new faces on the Sky Sports Scottish Premiership team. Former Rangers, St Johnstone and Kilmarnock striker Ally McCoist, former Scotland and Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, and former Celtic striker John Hartson will all be part of the Sky coverage throughout the campaign.

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