Date: 16th August 2019 at 12:01pm
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John Beaton will referee tomorrow’s Betfred Cup clash between Celtic and Dunfermline.

It will be the Lanarkshire official’s first match of 2019 at the home of the champions after he kicked up a storm in the December Glasgow derby.

Alfredo Morelos escaped without even a booking from brutal attacks on Scott Brown, Tony Ralston and Ryan Christie.

When the SFA opted not to take any retrospective action Celtic issued a statement:

In order to fully understand what is going on, Celtic, our supporters, Scottish clubs and the general Scottish football public need transparency in these matters, and we therefore call on the Scottish FA to allow the referee, John Beaton, to explain these decisions publicly as well as any match officials involved in other similar circumstances.

The SFA ignored that statement, no explanation was given over the decisions made and predictably Celtic let the matter rest.

Beaton has been used very sparingly this season, taking charge of one group match in the Betfred Cup, one Europa League qualifier and one SPFL match when he sent off Sean Mackie as Hibs lost 6-1 at Ibrox.

The draw for the last eight of the competition will take place after the East Fife match on Sunday.