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You Don’t Know What You’re Doing- SFA confirm Beaton is incompetent

A week ago the SFA were defending the competence of John Beaton against claims made by Brendan Rodgers.

Today the SFA admitted that their star referee is incompetent, in-between times they rubber-stamped the man from the Crown Bar in Bellshill to take charge of Sunday’s Glasgow Derby.

Adding to the farce, Crawford Allan, the Head of Refereeing and the man responsible for all refereeing appointments is demob happy as he looks for ‘fresh opportunities’ in the summer.

Meanwhile the Celtic board of Directors, Chairman and CEO cross their fingers that things don’t kick-off on Sunday otherwise they might have to find something stronger than the Disappointed Statement Template. The roll out for 24/25 Season Tickets is just a click away as they go for the heart strings of the #Celticfamily.

Governance issues are usually viewed as dull and boring but the appointment of Beaton for the match at Ibrox five weeks after his interventions at Tynecastle sums up exactly how the SFA are a law onto themselves.

While clubs bleat and issue statements the AGM of the SFA at the end of May will go through with barely a whimper before they all head off to Germany for a three week junket.

Knowing that Beaton would be refereeing the Derby match on April 7 the SFA provided him with a Championship pay day at Firhill to keep him out of the spotlight on the weekend that Rodgers underwent his first ever touchline ban.

Partick Thistle are fairly certain to be involved in the Premiership Play-Off while Inverness Caley Thistle seem certain of a Play-Off place to avoid the drop into League One.

Without VAR, a Fourth Official or probing cameras from Sky Sports Beaton managed to transform a routine fixture into a drama with a red card that has been successfully appealed again.

Thistle took the lead in the 41st minute through Scott Robinson, in stoppage time Cammy Kerr was wrongly booked for simulation, a decision that was to turn out very costly for Caley Thistle.

Midway through the second half Beaton again booked the on loan defender resulting in a red card with the visitors forced to play for more than 25 minutes with 10 men, the match finished in a 1-0 defeat for Duncan Ferguson’s side.

With five matches left to play Caley Thistle are four points behind Queens Park in the safety of eighth place, taking a point from Firhill could have been priceless.

On Saturday Caley Thistle are at home to bottom of the table Arbroath, a win is essential if they are to stand a chance of battling away from the Play Off place.

Kerr will be available for that match but he won’t ever get back the chance to have helped his side out at Firhill due to Beaton’s incompetence.

Meanwhile the man that Allan put in charge of the 2020 and 2023 Scottish Cup Finals continues on the gravy train, immune from the consequences of his mistakes, some might say he has been getting rewarded for his mistakes which first came to light when Albion Rovers visited Ibrox in a Scottish Cup tie in 2014.

CLICK HERE for Celtic’s disappointed statement on Rodgers’ appeal.

CLICK HERE for Beaton’s double standards.

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