Date: 9th October 2020 at 8:58pm
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One match came to mind for Celtic fans this afternoon when it was announced that John Beaton will referee the first Glasgow derby of the season.

December 2018 at Ibrox, the Lanarkshire based referee put in a performance that will never be forgotten or forgiven.

Celtic turned in an awful performance, Brendan Rodgers side were miles off it but the same could easily be said for the match referee.

Alfredo Morelos seemed to have a special immunity with physical attacks on Scott Brown, Anthony Ralston and Ryan Christie going without punishment.

The Colombian escaped without even a yellow card but it was assumed that the Compliance Officer would catch up on events with at least one two match suspension handed out retrospectively. Nothing happened, no incidents were referred to the panel of referees, it seems that the SFA were satisfied with the performance of their referee.

A week after the match and the realisation that nothing was happening Celtic were prompted into a statement requesting transparency:

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.

In the meantime, we have requested a meeting with Scottish FA Chief Executive, Ian Maxwell, and the Association’s Head of Refereeing.

That demand appears to have fallen by the wayside with no further comment from the club, next Saturday Beaton will be back in the spotlight with the cloud from the fixture 22 months earlier hanging over him.