Some Celtic fans aren’t too pleased with today’s Glasgow derby announcement after John Beaton was named as the referee for Sunday’s trip to Rangers.

Beaton hasn’t been in charge of a derby since the contest he refereed back in December 2018. He embarrassingly failed to spot a string of incidents involving Alfredo Morelos, who inexplicably stayed on the pitch. This then led to Celtic releasing a statement questioning the standard of officiating in Scotland.

John Beaton will be in charge on Sunday

John Beaton will be in charge on Sunday (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Beaton has refereed five Celtic games since his last derby match of course. The Hoops have won all five, including 4-0 and 3-0 romps at Pittodrie (Soccerbase). Therefore, it’s been more than proven that, if we perform well enough, the referee doesn’t matter.


But the announcement from the SFA today has still annoyed some. Here’s a look at sections of the reaction:

It wouldn’t have mattered who it was

In truth, is there a referee in Scotland that both side’s supporters would agree on? If it was Bobby Madden, Nick Walsh, or Andrew Dallas – the reaction would likely be the same.

The standard of officiating in Scottish football has been woeful for a long time. That’s why both sets of supporters are always furious when any name gets pulled out of the hat to referee these derby matches.

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Beaton was also the referee when Celtic went to Ibrox in 2017 and mauled Rangers 5-1. We were also given a penalty in that encounter too – so it stands to reason that if we’re good enough then it doesn’t really matter who’s in charge.

Beaton was in charge for the December 2018 derby

Beaton was in charge for the December 2018 derby (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That’s been our problem in some of the recent derby matches – we simply haven’t been good enough. Granted, Beaton’s performance in his last Glasgow derby game was atrocious. How he missed the Morelos incidents is wild.

Hopefully he manages to open his eyes for this one and has a decent enough game. The last thing we need is to be talking about referees after yet another Rangers vs Celtic game.

What do you make of John Beaton being the man in the middle? Does it make a difference in your view? Is there a referee in Scotland you would rather take to the field? Let us know in the comments below.


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