Troll With It
Only a matter of days after we were subjected to perhaps the most biased refereeing performance in recent years,the SFA/SPFL combined to outdo themselves with their latest appointment. Not content with Bobby Madden almost single-handedly trashing our attempt at a treble,they have appointed Cheatin’ Beaton for the hugely important match at Celtic Park on Sunday.
A win for Celtic will virtually deliver us the title that day,taking little short of a miracle to overturn a dormie nine points gap plus a massive goal difference. Pull out all the stops to prevent that,and the best way to do it is another clarion call to a “referee” whose reputation as a fair arbiter in a game matters not a jot to him,not when it comes to being in charge of a game like this one.
Frankly,we are being trolled here. We all know where allegiances lie. Some of those allegiances are from early childhood,nature AND nurture. Others are clearly from the knowledge that to progress your career in this neck of the woods,it is wise to conform to the norm at certain times. If the referees aren’t overwhelmingly inclined towards one particular side,and by definition against their rivals,the system in Scotland ensures that they will be-or they can forget about a career.
And we know this. We have known it for years,decades,our entire lives. There is a clear and obvious difference in how we are refereed,how the other lot are refereed. A lot of our current stars are experiencing their first season in Scottish football,as is our manager. They must be absolutely shell-shocked at the state of play up here. It’s hardly even a misapplication of the rules,it’s making it up as you go along. It’s booking CCV for being repeatedly kicked while he is on the ground. A bloody good metaphor for the situation,kicking a man while he is down.
One of our top players in this most surprising of seasons has been for many a surprise himself. Greg Taylor. Greg,it is known,does not have a Celtic heritage. He is a professional footballer,and clearly delighted at the chance to advance his career on a stage much bigger than his previous stint at Kilmarnock. Yet the better his performances,the more he has been kicked this season. He’s been like a punchbag,and the comment from Willie Wallace all those years ago,that you only realise how much more you can get away with against Celtic when you actually play for Celtic still rings true to this day.
I don’t think anyone has been booked for fouling him this season,yet hardly a game goes by without him getting attention from the physio. Ideguchi has hardly kicked a ball since Alloa,when he was repeatedly assaulted at the request of the opposition manager,and CalMac can only do so with the aid of a protective shield. David Turnbull,the opposition take turns to play keepie-uppie with him very time he attempts to return from injury.
And against this,we have Beaton. Just at the time that VAR has finally been forced through-but with the promise from on high that it will be operated by current and former referees! Are we being trolled here too? There is not a hope in hell of VAR being policed properly by these types. They proved themselves utterly incapable over long years of being impartial,to give them another chance in the spotlight-paid for at our expense!-is like being hit in the balls with a turnip.
Yet are Celtic the victims here? Or are we fellow perpetrators in a fraud against Scottish football? I’ve been watching Celtic for well over 50 years,my Dad for nearly 80. An argument about whether things were worse then or now is largely subjective. We have the evidence nowadays,unavailable in the past,thanks to the presence of various types of camera and of social media. But that occasion at Ibrox,a 3-1 defeat in Jock’s last season takes some beating.
We said nothing then,we say nothing now. In fact,the only time we ever said a word was about 15 years ago,when John Reid issued his famous interview. That we do not expect favourable treatment,but we will not be treated differently. He was out the door in record time after that,just as we thought we had a Rottweiler fighting our corner.
Beaton on Sunday,given his background and his past performances in matches involving either us,the huns or both,is a slap. A WTF ye gonna do about it? And since we have little or no precedent for doing anything about it in the past,we can hardly complain when Beaton behaves true to form on Sunday. The best we can hope for on the day is probably to make a couple of quid on the red card,penalty,Tavpen markets at the bookies,if they are stupid enough to accept.
Above article by BMCUWP