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.

Celtic v Hibernian - Premier Sports Cup Final
Hibs paid the penalty for poor officiating against Celtic in the Premier Sports Cup Final as nonsense Rangers conspiracy talk continues to dominate on social media. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

As a result, moonhowling rival supporters spent the evening before their date at Hampden moaning about masonic refereeing conspiracies, even joined by club legend John Hartson.

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.

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.

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:




Meanwhile, an English Championship club’s chairman has claimed that he failed in a summer move for a Rangers player.

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