Rangers fans are calling out the worst conspiracy in football history as Celtic lift the Premier Sports Cup by defeating Hibs amid penalty kick controversy.
Prior to the match at Hampden, there had been much talk on social media surrounding Rangers’ penalty kick winner against Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership.
The stonewall penalty – which came from a Scott McMann handball from a James Tavernier cross – helped the Gers secure all three points in a 1-0 win despite a disappointing performance in Glasgow.
The narrative: "Another penalty for Sevco, the ref is a mason."
The reality: The ref wasn't giving this until his linesman starting going daft waving his flag.
There's no conspiracy, they're just absolutely fucking shite at their job. 👎🏻 pic.twitter.com/ThNyYvZSay
— Greg Martin 🎧 (@gregmartin1982) December 18, 2021
Here’s elected MSP and Celtic da final boss James Dornan seriously playing up to this rubbish after Carl Starfelt saw red against Ross County in midweek.
Jeezus. I think the first booking was for being elbowed. Scottish referees are utterly useless, and if they’re not useless then they can only be something much more sinister
— James Dornan SNP (@glasgowcathcart) December 15, 2021
And yet at Hampden, Celtic were on the receiving end of some advantageous refereeing as under-pressure whistler John Beaton hesitated when it came to the match-defining calls.
Celtic deserved winners v Hibs at Hampden but referee makes mockery of conspiracy talk
Kyogo Furuhashi netted a double in a comeback Celtic victory over Hibs after Paul Hanlon had given the Easter Road side the lead.
There remains some conjecture surrounding Kyogo’s positioning for both goals – with TV replays particularly sparse and unclear – but there were two major calls which altered the outcome of the game.
John Beaton chose not to call back a quick free kick which allowed Furuhashi to score the winner, the Hibs defence with their back to the ball expecting a substitution to be made.
This was lambasted by Hibs defender Paul McGinn at the end of the game who claimed an equivalent goal would never have stood against Celtic [Glasgow Times]
“Brother Beaton” – the main protagonist in the apparent masonic conspiracy against Celtic who has received threats and had to call in police as a result – would then shirk a Hibs penalty shout in injury time after Carl Starfelt pushed Ryan Porteous.
Drama in the final minutes!😮
Hibs have a great penalty shout and miss an absolute sitter 🤯 pic.twitter.com/GwH4RzOAPy
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) December 19, 2021
Controversial pundit Michael Stewart even described it as “stonewall”.
Hibs however did have their chances to draw level, hitting the post in the aftermath of the penalty incident before Paul Hanlon skied the rebound over the bar. Joe Hart also saved well from Kevin Nisbet earlier in the game.
On the balance of play, Celtic were probably worthy winners and Hibs – whilst frustrated with the poor officiating – share responsibility for falling at the Hampden hurdle.
Celtic fan conspiracy nonsense called out by wary Rangers fans
For Rangers fans – always quick to laugh at Celtic rivals for their manic refereeing conspiracies – they are more perturbed by the apprehension of decision-making surrounding the Parkhead side.
We also have to endure this rubbish about conspiracy theories, week in, week out, when they are clearly based on nothing more than frustration with Rangers winning matches.
At the exact same time, referees have hesitated to make big calls in big moments against Celtic in recent weeks. Or even give them a yellow card.
The truth is that the standard of officiating in Scotland is not high enough and that more investment needs to be made into technology such as VAR and the referees themselves.
But as a result of Celtic fan pressure – John Beaton’s life routinely made miserable by mouth-frothingly angry Parkhead supporters – perhaps it’s natural to take the path of least resistance.
Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to once again point out the brass neck of the Celtic supporters who scream conspiracy at every possible turn:
There's a shock! pic.twitter.com/dTAqPwcnB3
— Gio van Souness ✪ (@giovansouness) December 19, 2021
Officials not giving the offside for their equaliser & then not giving Hibs a stone wall penalty
There’s only one team in scotland who continually benefit from game changing decisions by the officials & it’s not Rangers Yet nothing will be said & it will be laughed off
— Mr Van 55 🇳🇱🍊 (@MBS1872) December 19, 2021
That’s why they pile pressure on referees.
That’s a stonewall penalty to Hibs 😂😂😂
— Giobaldy van Barisic 🇬🇧 (@Baldy_Barisic) December 19, 2021
So after all the moaning of conspiracies and refs on rangers side from sellic fans in the past couple week. Their 1st goal was off side, never a free kick for the 2nd goal and hibs denied a stonewall penalty 😂😂
— BigMo🍊 (@BigMoLoyal1872) December 19, 2021
Hibs denied a clear penalty. Wonder whose getting a helping a hand now.
— Katie (@Katiemcgowan200) December 19, 2021
Beaton received death threats and earlier this month was called a mason by Chris Sutton on national TV.
Is it any wonder he can’t bring himself to give decisions against them?
Every ref knows the script if they do.
— Heart & Hand Podcast (@ibroxrocks) December 19, 2021
This must be the worst conspiracy of all time https://t.co/zx5QdRsiy0
— Pena Cartel (@PenaCartel) December 19, 2021
Just another missed penalty for a Celtic opposition then 😅
Some conspiracy btw.
— Kieran (@kieranmcl96) December 19, 2021
Masonic ref John Beaton refusing a stonewaller for Hibs v Celtic. All part of the grand conspiracy
— Fahdy (@Fahdy824) December 19, 2021
The so-called Masonic refereeing conspiracy theory busted at hampden once and for all…. Stonewall penalty not given to Hibs.
Nothing free kick given which lead to Sellick goal too.
— SparkyRFC (@rfc_sparky) December 19, 2021
Meanwhile, an English Championship club’s chairman has claimed that he failed in a summer move for a Rangers player.