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‘@CelticFC call it out’ ‘horrific refereeing yet again’ ‘Beaton was an absolute disgrace’ Celtic fans furious despite cup win

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Despite seeing their team beat Hearts to progress into the last eight of the Premier Sports Cup Celtic fans were left furious by the performance of referee John Beaton.

Throughout the first half Kyogo Furuhashi was singled out for treatment from the Hearts defence with a number of off the ball collisions that mostly went unpunished.

Celtic enjoyed over 80% possession in the first half but just three free kicks were awarded against Hearts as they tried any means to halt and disrupt superior opponents.

There was one first half booking- Odsonne Edouard for simulation. When a similar situation occurred early in the second half Beaton took no action against Josh Ginnelly.

Celtic fans have long been critical of Beaton, possibly his worst display was at Ibrox in December 2018 when Alfredo Morelos went unpunished despite serious incidents involving Scott Brown, Tony Ralston and Ryan Christie.

With a place on the FIFA list the SFA will always give the Lanarkshire based referee regular Celtic matches, with fans back inside stadiums match officials are under more scrutiny than ever.

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