The Celtic Supporters Association have penned an erratic open letter to the SFA which claims the appointment of John Beaton as ref for the Rangers match is evidence of a conspiracy.
Beaton is a figure of resentment for many Celtic fans after he oversaw Rangers’ first Scottish Premiership victory over Celtic since the events of 2012, with the Gers deservedly winning 1-0 at Ibrox in December 2018.
The referee will take charge of his first Old Firm game since that match and the Celtic Supporters Association believe this is part of a wider SFA/SPFL conspiracy to stop them winning the title.
“In this historic season when Glasgow Celtic are attempting to write even more history by winning Ten in a Row, it seems that every attempt will be taken by the SFA/SPFL to stop us doing that,” reads the highly-strung statement [Glasgow Times].
“The appointment of John Beaton as referee is a complete slap in the face to Celtic and our supporters. Beaton does not even try to hide where his allegiances lie.
“The last time he officiated at a Glasgow Derby, he had a shameful display of bias against one team, and after that match, he received the full backing of the SFA.”
The self-entitled letter also criticises the SFA for refusing to respond to their enquiries about playing international matches during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Celtic have been rocked by several coronavirus related issues during the international break with four players directly affected by the virus.
Beaton was heavily criticised by Celtic fans for failing to send off Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos in his last Old Firm match, something driven heavily by elements of the media after the game.
This is despite the match containing several high-profile incidents which went in Celtic’s favour.
Celtic captain Scott Brown should’ve seen red for an ankle-high sliding tackle on Rangers winger Daniel Candeias whilst Beaton failed to award Rangers a penalty for a blatant goal-saving handball.
All of this coincided with unconfirmed claims that John Beaton went to a Rangers leaning bar after the match to celebrate, driven by photographs of the whistler in a pub on an unconfirmed date.
Such was the gravity of the harassment in the resultant fall-out Beaton had to call in police [Sky Sports].
The referee remains a scapegoat by some elements of the Celtic support and it is clearly such a strong feeling – even if ungrounded – that their Supporters Association has spoken publicly about it.
As a result of the ill-feeling, the referee is nicknamed “Brother Beaton” by many Celtic fans, a nod to the suggestion that a Masonic conspiracy is trying to stop Celtic achieving their Holy Grail of “10IAR”.
The letter panders to a certain element of the Celtic support whilst also turning up the pressure on John Beaton ahead of the Rangers match.
But just one glance at it proves something else entirely – whoever wrote this is nervously quaking at the prospect at facing Rangers come the weekend.