Date: 9th October 2020 at 2:31pm
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John Beaton will referee next Saturday’s Glasgow derby.

The Lanarkshire based referee was in charge of the December 2018 clash at Ibrox where Alfredo Morelos seemed to have free reign to do as he pleased.

Ryan Christie, Scott Brown and Anthony Ralston were all on the receiving end of violent attacks from the Colombian who completed the match without even a yellow card.

Following fan reaction Celtic issued a surprised and disappointed statement, after a meeting at Hampden the issues were resolved with Beaton continuing to be appointed for high profile fixtures.

Both clubs go into Saturday’s match unbeaten with Celtic a point behind their Ibrox rivals with a game less played.

Earlier this season Beaton was in charge of Celtic’s 2-1 win over St Mirren.

Don Robertson will be the fourth official, Graeme Stewart will be one of the assistant referees despite resigning from Police Scotland in 2017 after being fined £500 after being found guilty of assault.

After Beaton’s last derby appointment Celtic stated:

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.