Celtic fans have been left absolutely furious as John Beaton missed a clear Steven Naismith stamp on Scott Brown today.
The Hoops managed to win a superb quadruple treble thanks to a pulsating penalty shootout at Hampden. However, there were so many talking points throughout the game.
Some will perhaps say that we shouldn’t be talking about this Naismith-Brown moment. After all, we won right? We should be discussing that fact after all. Well that’s true and we’ll certainly get to that.
But I feel it’s of absolutely vital importance to highlight these incidents when you win. That way you’re not hit with the “you never moan when you’re winning” rhetoric. Well, we’re happy to bring this dispicable act up.
Not the first Naismith vs Celtic flashpoint
It looked innocuous at the time when the BBC cameras panned to Brown and Naismith in a bit of a tumble. Both men looked to be trying to get out of a tangle of legs, but the replays showed how grim it was.
Indeed, Naismith had actually stamped on Brown’s leg in a not unusual act. It was petty, blatant, and John Beaton of course totally missed it. Well, to an extent. He gave him a yellow card. Standard. It would’ve been interesting what the decision would’ve been had it been the other way around.
Brown managed some sweet revenge seconds later as that passage of play led to Ryan Christie’s sublime opener. His stupendous curling effort shut the Jambos supporters up and gave us the lead.
But it didn’t help as Naismith was still allowed to elbow and foul his way through the second half. How he continuously manages 90 minutes against Celtic is absolutely amazing.
Remember, Naismith has done the exact same on Brown in the past. Back in 2018, Naismith did something eerily similar at Tynecastle when Brown chased a loose ball (Scottish Sun).
Unsurprisingly he was at it again today. Unsurprisingly he got away with it again too. And that left the Celtic fans correctly fuming. Here’s a look at some of the hard-hitting reaction to yet another one missed by Beaton, but first up a look at the incident itself:
Billy Dodds with the perfect description of Steven Naismith – “Just a little tramp” 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/y8NG85mIOc
— Ray (@rayscorep) December 20, 2020
How Naismith got away with that stamp on Brown,Beaton only knows,1-0 Christie great goal.
— frankgallagher (@frankgallaghe18) December 20, 2020
So how is Naismith still on the park? Stamp on Broony first half and slap in the face in the second?
— Aussiebhoy (@andy_brown05) December 20, 2020
@chris_sutton73 Chris, I hope you mention the stamp on Scott Brown by that little COWARD NAISMITH, Absolutely shocking refereeing, HH
— Gerald (@GeraldMcGrain) December 20, 2020
Aye credit to Hearts. Naismith should have been off for a deliberate stamp on Brown, proceeded to kick everything that moved. They were not unfortunate today, with the result. They were lucky Celtic only turned up in the first half and for penalties 🍀🍺🍺
— Paul McDougall (@paulmcd85) December 20, 2020
Naismith. Stamp on the knee, elbow in the face and fouls the keeper at the 2nd goal. Make no mistake he’s a goner if ref isn’t Beaton
— Huell Babineux (@babineux_huell) December 20, 2020
— Ian (@GlasgowBhoy) December 20, 2020
I'm starting to believe in karma. Naismith's cowardly stamp on Broony immediately followed by a wonderful Ryan Christie strike for the first goal! 🤣 What on earth did Beaton think he'd just seen from a few yards away that didn't merit a red card?
— Michael Cavanagh (@cavanaghm) December 20, 2020
@CelticFC done it the hard way but I hope @ScottishFA compliance officer watching as Naismith for @JamTarts should have been red carded twice in that game. He is an appalling example. Mild mannered well spoken off the park thug on it!
— Ian Cameron (@eyecamera1) December 20, 2020
Absolutely scandalous refereeing from Beaton. Naismith another red card offence
— Michael_B (@TenMenWonTheLea) December 20, 2020