John Hartson didn’t have to reference the match, when he tweeted ‘there’s a shock’ everyone knew the match he was referring to.
In the 85th minute of a goal-less match there is one team more likely to get a penalty than any other.
Some referees will be hesitant about such a late award, err on the side of caution but not John Beaton. The man from Bellshill has a long track record going back to a Scottish Cup tie against Albion Rovers of making a certain type of decision.
Peak Beaton was in December 2018 when he watched Alfredo Morelos attack Scott Brown, Ryan Christie and Tony Ralston with Beaton even reaching for a yellow card.
Under pressure from fans Peter Lawwell issued the standard statement calling for an explanation of the decisions. After tea and biscuits and a recall of the events of July 2012 the Celtic CEO never raised his voice again.
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Beaton and Bobby Madden were both inspired by another Lanarkshire referee, Hugh Dallas. Tomorrow Madden takes charge of Celtic v Hearts, in Matchday 15 it will be the fourth time he has refereed Ange Postecoglou’s side. Ian Bankier is ‘deeply concerned’ but on mute.
There’s a shock !
— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) December 1, 2021
Telepathy is my strong point. pic.twitter.com/wqSHbKR6Ag
— Chris Watters (@watters_nrgsuk) December 1, 2021
Brother Beaton to the rescue for them again lol the minute the pressure is on them they get a pen
— KieranHenvey (@KHenvey) December 1, 2021
Stone Waller or not , if Sevco are needing it, they’ll get it !
— James Bonucci???? (@JamesOC30806083) December 1, 2021
— StuRam11 (@Ram11Stu) December 1, 2021
100% Anne! To be honest at the Lodge meeting it was said between the 16th and 90th minute I’m surprised he left it so late.
— Broon Clogs (@JamesCAMBO96) December 1, 2021
We knew it was coming. Predictable is an understatement ?
— ?Celticghirl1888-Kyogo? (@C9lticghirl1888) December 1, 2021
Biggest surprise is length of time Beaton took to give it ?
— Craig Williamson (@Gretna2008) December 1, 2021
Had to happen, brother Beaton to the rescue.
— Godfrey Danyels (@godfreydanyels) December 1, 2021