Both Celtic and Rangers supporters are pretty unhappy with the chosen officials for this month’s Old Firm match at Ibrox, after referee John Beaton was handed the responsibility of refereeing the powder-keg clash.
Steven Gerrard and his squad host Brendan Rodgers’ Hoops on December 29, as the Gers look to deliver the Northern Irishman his first defeat in the derby match since he arrived in Glasgow two-and-a-half years ago.
And as the two teams square-off, Beaton will be the man charged with the task of keeping order, and he’ll be joined by linesman Douglas Ross – the Tory MP who was caught on camera repeatedly screaming ‘red card’ after an apparent elbow by Jozo Simunovic in one of last season’s Old Firm games.
It’s set to be Beaton’s second time taking charge of the bitter derby after he made his bow in the fixture in April 2017, whilst Bobby Madden will be the fourth official, but judging by the reaction on social media, pretty much nobody is satisfied with the choices:
John Beaton for the OF game…🤮
— WCPRANGERS1872 (@WCPRANGERS54) December 24, 2018
John Beaton confirmed for the Old Firm game. Great stuff… pic.twitter.com/THO9hJTKZZ
— Craig Kore (@CraigAtTheTop) December 24, 2018
Seeing a few Rangers* fans moan about John Beaton. 🙄
That’ll be the John Beaton, who allowed Clint Hill to perform an MMA move on Griffiths, as he was about to score in the game Rangers* won 1-1 a few years back. https://t.co/dYRia7jlp1
— Fr. Paul Stone (@FrPaulStone) December 24, 2018
John Beaton the ref for Saturday means I’m all in on a red card being shown.
— Rev. I Am Jolly (@will_car86rfc1) December 24, 2018
— ALFREDO 🎄 (@BenRFC2) December 24, 2018
John Beaton named the referee for the old firm game on the 29th while Douglas Ross, the man who was screaming “Red Card, Red Card” is the linesman again.
— Sean McCrory (@SeanMcCrory8) December 24, 2018
John Beaton will be the referee for the Rangers v Celtic match on the 29th 🙄#Rangers 🔵🔴
— Mev (@kennylanglea) December 24, 2018
John Beaton misses blatant penalties on Saturday… and is duly handed the Old Firm fixture 🤷🏻♂️🤦🏼♂️
— Ewan Murray (@mrewanmurray) December 24, 2018
john beaton will be the 'ref' for the Saturday derby against sevco.
— We EARNED Our Star 🍀🏆 1967 (@JGlasgowCelticK) December 24, 2018
Known Rangers hater. Hopefully Gerrard calls him out before the game
— James Coburn (@NinjaWarriorJC) December 24, 2018
Better way Derek Johnstone
— GM28 (@67HolyGrd) December 24, 2018
Cheating Beaton it is then 🙄
— Shmandog 🇬🇧 (@Pandy297) December 24, 2018
What do you think of the appointments? Would most fans moan regardless of who was chosen?