Celtic and ‘that’ statement…


Ibrox Noise, like many others we’d imagine, noted with amusement Celtic’s statement yesterday over the Alfredo Morelos decision.

As we all know, Morelos will not face any punishment after it was decided that referee John Beaton had seen all of the incidents and elected not to take action, and as such retrospective action would undermine the referee.

Coming only weeks after Willie Collum and Daniel Candeias’ red card episode followed by Rangers’ own statement and manager Steven Gerrard’s exasperation, what the whole affair highlights, sadly, is twofold:

First off, the appalling refereeing in this country. It may have benefited us this time, but Beaton’s incompetence with regards the Colombian (it was a red card at least twice) is symptomatic of repeated failings in this country when it comes to officiating. Rangers have suffered the wrong end of it constantly this time, so frankly we’ll take this little reverse quite happily, but it is representative of how utterly poor the men in black (or yellow) north of the border are.

Secondly, the outrage in Celtic’s statement was slightly amusing – they’ve benefited from horrible refereeing in this country more than most in recent seasons, and the moment it finally costs them they release a DVD…errrr, make a statement?

Rangers’ statement was the culmination of a lot of bad decisions going against us, and Collum’s mistake was the straw that broke Rangers’ camel’s back. But Celtic’s, while not factually wrong, was very much a rattle and pram moment. Always the way when you stop getting the rub of the green and things start going against you a bit more.

We have to say, the threats against Beaton (he had to call the police), even more sadly, are nothing new. While Rangers fans are no saints either, Celtic ‘fans’ have history of this against referees – indeed, in 2010 Collum got death threats after Rangers beat Celtic. We don’t believe any decent-minded supporter (of either side) would ever indulge in this, and the small group of nutters on both sides really do spoil the barrel. But we must admit Celtic’s statement didn’t help matters here, and has stoked the already simmering fires in their support following such a bad loss.

We should say, we don’t buy into conspiracy pap – never have never will. There is no bias in Scottish referees, just absolute incompetence, and Rangers have suffered more of that in recent times than Celtic. So while it’s fun to suggest the refs are against you, the reality is they’re just useless with everyone.

As for our green and white friends, perhaps they should think more about how to respond to getting utterly skelped by our good selves than protesting about a bad referee.

Or better yet, don’t.


  1. The one thing that Sutton forgot!! to mention was Browns tackle on Candias which was a red card offence and also a penalty kick and his statement says that because Morelos was not sent off it was to stop their ten in a row bid that is being disrespectful to the other teams who are in contention to win the league The Sfa should get their lawyers to look at his statement which amounts to slanderous accusations and take him and his employers to court

  2. I always find it funny when a player dives or faints an injury in a tackle either getting a player booked or sent off, a penalty for them. I wish clubs would stand up and take the player to task and make the referee's job easier,although i must agree the standard of refereeing does ask the question at times.

  3. Ceptic may have chosen their words more carefully but even so aren't they implying bias. A charge for which Rangers were punished for just a few weeks ago following the Collum match.

  4. You can suspect bias, but proving it, are two different things. Celtic have a hard neck, most times the bad decisions have benefited them. First time it disnae, and they're crying like little girls, with pigtails. I saw the Morelos pics and i say that is just momentum and follow through. Nothing malicious. It's not that when Celtic players come in hard on Alfredo.

  5. Fair to say the toys are well and truly thrown out the parkhead pram! I remember when Hugh Dallas was violently hit on the head with a coin by a Celtic thug. What happened next, straight after that?,,, Hugh gave us a penalty as Vidmar tripped over his boot laces, and then ran over to the Celtic fans in sheer defiance to watch Rangers take the penalty,, good times,, they know we are on our way back, and they don't like it one bit!
    This will back fire on them big time, all the referees will punish the beggars for threatening one of their own, mark my words!!

  6. Barry Ferguson hit the nail on the head when he said if you review every decision in an Old Firm you'd end up with numerous red cards. The referee shouldn't be undermined and retrospective bans should be exception rather than rule…

  7. This is club who hired a private dectective to follow and investigate a referee based on accusations of orange order membersip by the paranoid brigade. A club like no other for all the WRONG reasons. fotuneatly most football minded people and level headed celik fans can see through the heirachy @ parkhead and their atempts to deflect blame elsewhere?

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