Just like in his recent performance at Tynecastle Alfredo Morelos found himself a protected specie at Ibrox today. It seemed that John Beaton took the same approach as Bobby Madden at the start of the month.
With the exception of Callum McGregor, today Celtic were woeful. Anthony Ralston put in a decent second half display, none of the other players got close to 6/10. Craig Gordon had a couple of great saves to combine with some woeful distribution from the back.
Morelos never even got booked throughout the 90 minutes???? pic.twitter.com/6Kpor7oWi2
— Tam Sellics son (@gibbogibby1) December 29, 2018
Morelos should have been sent off in the opening minutes. With the ball out of reach he swung his boot at Scott Brown and connected. Beaton decided that it didn’t even merit a verbal warning.
Had the Ibrox side been reduced to 10 men the game may well have been played out very differently.
Knowing that Beaton wouldn’t punish him Morelos kicked out and niggled away throughout the match.
With five minutes left to play he pushed over Ralston then carefully made sure that his studs made contact with the defenders back. No card from Beaton.
There was still time to aim a punch at Ryan Christie’s groin before the final whistle was blown. Celtic were rank today but they still deserved the game to be played by the laws. Beaton failed.
In 2015 Celtic wrote to the SFA for clarification on why Steven McLean failed to award a penalty against Inverness Caley Thistle, the whole stadium witnessed the handball. Celtic were palmed off then and are paying the price to this day.
Three times this season opponents have been given retrospective suspensions for incidents in which referees made the wrong decision. On Wednesday Willie Collum turned in the worst performance of the season. Brendan Rodgers and Peter Lawwell are responsible for Celtic’s performances, their jobs would be helped if they called out to ensure accountability for Beaton, Collum, Madden and the rest.