Beaton Getting The Weekend’s Game At Celtic Park Sums Up Our Refereeing Issues.

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The news today that it is to be John Beaton who takes Sunday’s match comes as no surprise to Celtic fans whatsoever. The general feeling is not shock but a numbed acceptance that this is what we tolerate. This is what our club has allowed.

I know people inside Celtic will be unhappy with this decision.

Of course they are. But what have we actually done, short of write a wee letter to the SFA, to prevent it? We can’t tell them what to give their referees, and so we’re stuck with this guy taking big games like this one whether we like it or not.

But there are measures which would prevent it.

Beaton is an Ibrox fan. I don’t think there’s the slightest doubt about that, not since he was photographed in an Ibrox bar after a particularly controversial game involving the two clubs. The SFA does not force its referees to declare that stuff, although every other major league in Europe does so as a matter of course.

What exactly is Scottish football’s problem with doing it?

Would we be shocked at how many referees are ruled out for big games? I assure you, most of us will not be even slightly surprised far less shocked. The argument for bringing in refs from abroad for certain fixtures is, and has always been, a compelling one.

As this site has already suggested, the end of this season should see Celtic step forward with the first proposals to reform refereeing. Declarations of allegiances is an obvious first step, and one that should have been taken many years ago.

There are some in the media who would have you believe that all the focus on this is daft, that it’s a minor matter. Actually, that just about every other league in the game requires refs to declare their allegiances makes it clear that Scotland’s outlook is aberrant and indefensible. It is not only grossly out of step but also wide open to abuse.

If it’s such a minor manner, let’s have done with it.

Let’s implement the same rules as exist elsewhere.

If it’s such a small thing, then why is the resistance to it so fierce?

In no other football authority would John Beaton be anywhere near this fixture, unless it was sitting in the stand as a guest of the away team. If he put it on the record, then that would be his own business and nobody else’s as he wouldn’t be allowed to officiate their games.

As it stands, his taking centre stage is an outrage and an insult to our club.

But our club has invited it because we haven’t done nearly enough to prevent it.

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  • Scud Missile says:

    It will continue to happen as our club do not have the balls to challenge it.
    The 5 Way Agreement puts it to bed end of.

  • MarkE says:

    Yip, we all know how the referees game will play out before a ball is kicked!

    ranger2 players will be allowed from kick off to hack, foul, rugby tackle Celtics without being booked, and if Celtic look to have a dangerous attacking opportunity to play advantage in the above situations, play will be stopped! …Celtic players on the other hand, will be dealt with fiercely by the official!

    …if Celtic score a few goals and look to be cruising with no chance of a ranger2 comeback, the referee will try and appear balanced in his decision making!

    You could script the officials game in advance its so transparent!

    Celtic Football Club seriously need to have a sit down with the games governing bodies over the summer aand address this particular elephant in the room!

  • Scud Missile says:

    I can see a couple red card’s coming our way with 2 penalties thrown in for good measure.

  • Bennybhoy57 says:

    Well well Brother Bobby and now Cheating Beaton..Ange has got to tell players to stop getting straight back up. Roll about for a bit.
    Players should surround ref every bad tackle, works for Old Firm FC.

  • Starman says:

    Beathun won’t make a difference Sun as they’ll be fielding their Wumins team after Leipzig PUMP them lol! We play as we did in Feb & we’ll WIPE THE FLAIR WAE THEM!!

  • Stephen McAdam says:

    Its suits the narrative here to have huns can yiu imagine the huns if it was open Celtic fans@@ Ha ha they go crazy if a man has is called kevin! Second name lik connor! Here and nedua know it there be no refs if they were no hun ones! That thug ” loonstrum “( I meant that spelling!) Is the new john brown! A shitebag thug thst he wasnt even booked never mind sent off last week sums it up! Different rules apply in ” an o f” game they will same Aye but not for Celtic! Another angle do international teams get refereed by fellow countrymen?! Ha ha no so why are fans which in 99 percent of most of our fanbase anyway are way more passionate about club allegiance that national team! Allowed! Its this wee strange country that basically allows huns to be well huns! All through society in all authorities it’s a disgrace! Change it Celtic!!

  • Stephen McAdam says:

    They know there be no refs! If there was no hun ones I meant

  • Sun Tsu says:

    When will the obligatory penalty be awarded? First half or second half, or when Celtic are coming on to the field ? This is into our faces. Why is our board accepting this? Time for change ! Declaring their allegiances would be the first step? Their response would be ,you’re questioning their honesty and integrity. You’re fucking righ I am!

  • Dando says:

    Can yae imagine a referee being pictured in the hoops bar after officiating a celtic victory in a past derby and then being awarded an optimal game at Ibrox… either !!!

    They are going to need more than cheatin Beaton on Sunday though.


  • Johnny Green says:

    It wasn’t an Ibrox bar? It was a loyalist bar in Bellshill called The Crown.

  • SSMPM says:

    How naive. Celtic’s board can’t change diddly squat at the SFA unless they, the SFA, are motivated to do so, history shows they’re not.
    So all Celtic have to do is snap their fingers, send a letter out or have a meeting and the SFA will change their policy. Really its that simple is it. FFS. If its not, as we all believe it is, a system that allows for corrupt officials then are we really naive enough to believe the SFA, having never considered this issue before eh, will say aw Celtic you’re right let us rush to rectify it for you, as we never noticed that before.
    Corruption is never about honesty. All a ref has to do is declare his undying love for Peterhead at the start of the season and Billy’s yer ref

  • Darren James Kerr says:

    Beaton is no better than Matt Damon in The Departed.

  • Jimbo says:

    This happens all the time to many refs not up to standard celtic should force the issue get a ref from another country who has no allegiance to to either side

  • Andrew cook says:

    We will never get change the sfa and scotland is run with masons treat catholics celtic supportes with contempt its a stitch up again i hate it

  • Eugenio Savelli says:

    No doubt then it will be penalty Rangers ffs

  • John S says:

    The question is ‘Why should there be any resistance to a Declaration of Allegiance ?’

  • Brian says:

    Why not have a peaceful protest on the route to Celtic park cheating Beaton has to take so he is delayed until after kick off.
    Or maybe a mechanical failure of a few vehicles on cheatings route so he can’t make kick off .
    If we were to do things like this every time we get cheating Beaton or brother Bobby madhun maybe just maybe things might change as the embarrassment to the authorities may push them to change.
    I’m sure the Celtic support would come up with more imaginative ideas/ tactics than I can .

  • Jimmy Mccairn says:

    This has gone on for season after season, and I don’t think it will change any time soon, it needs a complete restructure of the SPL /SFA, no wonder other leagues take the piss out of Scottish football

  • Billy says:

    There is only so many grade 1referees that’s what the sfa class them as, so we keep getting the crooked refs, all down to the sfa,

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