Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has claimed that referee John Beaton apologised to him for not giving his side a penalty in the 2-2 draw with Aberdeen – despite awarding a foul to the Gers after Alfredo Morelos was brought down.
The Colombian was tripped by Dons midfielder Lewis Ferguson, with Beaton awarding a free-kick, although replays later showed the Ibrox star was clearly in the box at the time.
Steven Gerrard says referee John Beaton has apologised to him for failing to award Rangers a penalty for Lewis Ferguson’s foul on Alfredo Morelos during tonight’s 2-2 draw at Pittodrie
— Andy Newport (@AndyNewportPA) December 4, 2019
According to PA reporter Andy Newport, the Gers boss received the apology from the official after the game although it does little to change what was one in a string of woeful decisions.
Beaton seemed reluctant to issue cards for far too long and somehow Dons striker Sam Cosgrove stayed on the park despite repeated bad challenges – several of which merited bookings.
Beaton apologising to Gerrard will just be the latest referee to apologise after getting a crucial decision wrong in a game involving the Gers after Steven McLean also did so last term.
The result at Pittodrie now leaves Rangers two points behind Celtic in the league table and Beaton’s glaring error could well prove crucial in the title race come May.
Rangers will now turn their attention to Hampden and Sunday’s League Cup final against Celtic, and will be hoping they don’t fall victim to the Willie Collum show.