Hibernian fans left fuming as Paul McGinn suspended for Celtic match

By Euan Davidson

January 14, 2022

Yesterday, we told you that for their trip to Celtic Park, Hibernian would be without Paul McGinn, after he was handed a 2-match suspension.

Per the Hibernian website, McGinn was suspended for comments he made after the Premier Sports Cup Final, when Celtic beat Hibs 2-1. Specifically, McGinn called out referee John Beaton for decisions made during the final [Scottish Sun].

The full-back, and grandson of a former Celtic chairman, said that Beaton ‘let Celtic score’ and wouldn’t have given Hibs the same decisions. McGinn also suggested that Beaton didn’t use his whistle effectively, and was inconsistent over fouls and stoppages in play.

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It’s left the SFA less than pleased. But even more aggrieved are Hibernian supporters, who are backing their defender to the hilt.

There have been plenty of refereeing controversies this season. The introduction of VAR ought to help, but Scotland still lag behind most major leagues. Referees are not full-time, and the slow introduction of video replays hasn’t assisted in matters.

Hibs fans, of course, believe that McGinn was telling the truth about the Celtic game at Hampden. The Hoops would collect the silverware on the day, through two magnificent goals from Kyogo.

McGinn’s suspension causes a headache for Shaun Maloney, who doesn’t have too many options in McGinn’s position. He’s also be without Ewan Henderson, who isn’t allowed to play against Celtic, his parent club.

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The SPFL give Ange what he wants as Jota returns to training | Scott McDonald on 67 Hail Hail
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Hibernian fans less than happy over McGinn ruling as Celtic Park looms

Naturally, there’s been quite a reaction online.

While Celtic fans can revel in a headache for our next opponents, Hibs fans agree with what Paul McGinn said. It’s natural; after a Cup Final loss, any and all refereeing decisions are going to be under the microscope.

Interviewing players right after games is inherently a risk.

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The emotions will be raw, and they haven’t had the chance to collect their thoughts. However, players also have a responsibility, and they know the SFA will come down harshly on criticism of their refs.

However valid or invalid.

Here are some reactions on Twitter:

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