Referee consistently shrouded in controversy handed Dundee United vs Celtic clash

By David Walton

March 8, 2022

The controversial John Beaton has been handed Dundee United vs Celtic on Monday night by the SFA.

Beaton will referee a Celtic match for the third time in 6 weeks after he previously whistled our wins against Hearts and Motherwell away from home. It was during the former in which he gave the Jambos a penalty that would end up striking the post.

But Beaton has been at the heart of controversy all season. Only over the weekend Jim Goodwin was left fuming after he allowed Rangers’ winning goal vs Aberdeen to stand after Calvin Ramsay had been fouled in the build-up [The Scotsman].

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He recently refereed Celtic’s League Cup final win over Hibernian, which saw Paul McGinn come out and absolutely go through him as he cried double standards [Scottish Sun]. Former Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass also had frustrations with him this season, even claiming he was booked by Beaton without even saying anything to him [Scottish Sun].

Where Celtic fans have grown frustrated with the whistler is when he’s been in charge of games involving our rivals. He gave Rangers a hugely dodgy penalty back in October that allowed them to sneak a point at home to Aberdeen, and gave them yet another spot-kick against Hibs back in December in the dying minutes.

He’s certainly had his fair share of complaints come his way this season. Many of them justified too.

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Of course, it would be remiss of us not to mention that Celtic have won all 3 games we’ve had under Beaton this season. We’ve beaten Hibernian, Hearts, and Motherwell with him as the official, and in those particular matches there hasn’t been much controversy that’s led to us being infuriated.

But Beaton’s inconsistency is a big problem. That was another thing on show at Ibrox over the weekend as he booked Lewis Ferguson for standing in front of a free-kick but then refused to do the same with Scott Arfield. It’s a small example, but it represents the inconsistency Beaton brings to a game.

Not that it’s something we should be fixated on heading into the game. The simple matter of fact is that if we play to our strengths and at our top level, then there’s nothing that can happen in terms of refereeing decisions that will stop us taking the points.

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That’s something Ange will likely have been pushing into the team’s mindset throughout the campaign so far. We don’t want to be feeling sorry for ourselves before a ball is even kicked. Beaton will only really come into the equation if we allow our levels to drop.

For us, progression into the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup should be the only motivation required as we look to continue our push for a sensational domestic treble.

United will be a tough trip even if we did win there 3-0 in December. Fingers crossed we’re more than up for the challenge.

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