John Beaton is one of the potential referees for next weekend’s Old Firm clash but he shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near Ibrox after the latest in a long line of embarrassing mistakes when he awarded Celtic a penalty for a foul outside of the penalty area in Saturday’s Scottish Cup win over Morton.
Beaton is already low on the list of referees Rangers fans would want after his horror show earlier in the season when he took charge of Rangers versus Hibs at Ibrox.
The official booked James Tavernier for being fouled, penalised Alfredo Morelos for being hauled to the ground by the neck and then topped it off by giving Ryan Jack the first of what would be several rescinded red cards.
Old Firm fans can rarely agree on simple things such as what colour the sky is but in a rare show of unity between them, neither fanbase wants to see the Grade One official handed the crunch Ibrox clash.
Celtic fans’ complaints stem from an online tall-tale that Beaton is an Ibrox season ticket holder although in the last few weeks he has got the aforementioned penalty decision mind-blowingly wrong as well as – and this isn’t made up – actually passing the ball to Celtic captain Scott Brown while in play.
With the final destination of the Scottish Premiership trophy potentially being blown wide open next Sunday at Ibrox, the Scottish FA need to ensure Beaton isn’t anywhere near Ibrox next weekend.