Another dispiriting Rangers result, another spate of infuriating refereeing decisions, this time from controversial whistler John Beaton.
As Steven Gerrard’s side fell to a 2-1 defeat against Kilmarnock and dropped 10 points off the pace at the top of the Scottish Premiership, Rangers fans understand the performance was miles off what is expected.
But when a referee consistently bottles the big decisions, are the club’s supporters justified in demanding more from the national game’s whistlers?
The funny thing is, John Beaton appeared to start this game well and after flashing a deserved yellow card to Gary Dicker for flying into the back of Ianis Hagi it looked like he’d asserted his authority.
But once again we saw the same issues surrounding Beaton and big decisions in matches involving Rangers.
Dicker flopped in the box and should’ve seen a second yellow for diving. Whilst Beaton hesitated here, he didn’t when it came to booking Alfredo Morelos for the same thing.
Chris Burke should’ve also seen a straight red for taking down Ryan Kent when the winger was clean through in the second half.
Beaton bottled that one as well.
Steven Gerrard might say supporters are “clutching at straws” for the handball in Kilmarnock’s first goal, but when he watches it back, he’ll see his side have a legitimate case.
Disallowing the Alfredo Morelos goal up the other end was also immensely harsh, and gets harsher on every watch.
Even more so when you consider Beaton never pointed to the spot when Alfie was clearly pushed in the box by Stuart Findlay later on.
“Bluenose” Beaton bottling it big time with the Bears
This isn’t the first time we’ve spoken about John Beaton bottling the big decisions when it comes to Rangers.
Against Aberdeen, the controversial referee infamously apologised to Rangers boss Steven Gerrard for failing to award a penalty in a 2-2 draw at Pittodrie.
An apology wasn’t good enough then, and it wouldn’t be now either.
There’s a feeling that in a desperate attempt to prove that he doesn’t have Rangers leanings or isn’t Rangers minded, Beaton routinely bottles big decisions involving the Ibrox club.
After receiving a barrage of threats following the 1-0 Rangers Old Firm win in December 2018, he appears anxious in his decision-making involving the club.
Many believe Beaton would rather play it safe and not make potentially game-defining decisions out of fear of accusations of bias being levelled against him.
If this is affecting his ability to referee Rangers matches properly, is it about time Rangers asked the SFA why John Beaton is still being allowed to officiate games involving the Ibrox club?