How can I put this? In plain English, I guess.
John Beaton should never referee a Celtic game again.
Even if he is not nakedly biased against Celtic he made it clear last night that he should not be trusted with any major match involving our club. He probably shouldn’t be refereeing any top flight game.
There are decisions that refs have to make on the spur of the moment.
They offer some alibi, however ridiculous at times, for certain types of “mistakes” if indeed that is what they are. But there are some for which there are no excuses at all and the decision to chop off what would have been our second goal last night is one of those.
That decision is one of two things; it’s either corrupt or it is incompetent to such a degree that he should be finished as a senior official. That’s basically it, as bluntly as I can put it.
He either ignored the rules to deny us or he doesn’t know the rules … and either one is outrageous. The Premier Sports commentary team knew the rule. How come Beaton didn’t?
Scottish football has to stop pretending that this sort of thing is okay.
We either have a referee here who is pursuing an agenda or one who is so indolent and lax that he hasn’t bothered to learn his trade. We can’t have someone like that in the top flight.
There are millions of pounds at stake here.
Managers lose their jobs on the backs of decisions that referees make and the only two things we can ask of them are that they do their jobs to the highest standard and that they do them fairly, and on at least one of those grounds Beaton is manifestly unfit.
This can no longer be disputed.
Last night shows us that Beaton cannot be trusted at all, whether that’s on the grounds of being anti-Celtic or just plain lazy.
Our club should be making that clear to the SFA.