Matchday ten of this season’s Scottish Premiership told us all we needed to know about the destination of this year’s title. For one hour last night Celtic were unplayable. Aberdeen, who would have fancied their chances prior to this match, were brushed aside by a team firing on all cylinders. Scotland’s Young Player of the Year for the past two seasons, Kieran Tierney, scored the pick of three goals. His interlink play with provider, Dembele, was a joy to behold for the travelling support, particularly when their roles were reversed when the Celtic marksman netted. By the time Dembele added his second, his fourth in two games, the seventh successive title loomed large in the minds of the travelling support.
This was Celtic’s biggest test. They passed it with flying colours, stretching their unbeaten domestic run to a remarkable sixty-one games. The balance of probability suggests that they won’t emulate last season’s unbeaten treble-winning feat, but who is going to stop them?
It won’t be Rangers Lite. Primark Pedro was so bereft of players that he played Alves. If this unreconstructed thug’s red card is rescinded then the review panel would have to be on the take. Hearts must be licking their lips about playing against Lite’s soft centre on Saturday at Murrayfield. Ceteris Paribus Lite will slip down from fourth place to fifth which was where I predicted they would finish this season. Motherwell, who proved conclusively that they are a better side than Lite on Sunday, moved into third place. Hibs who prevailed in the only ‘Old Firm’ derby that counts, given that Hearts were not liquidated, will have their eyes fixed on Lite’s current fourth position.
In more bad news for the Qatari No Stars, Pena was dropped from the squad completely and mouthy thug’s apprentice Ryan Jack was sent off again after referee Alan Muir consulted his linesman. The last time Jack was sent off at The Sectarian Speakeasy it spawned a petition.
They love nothing more than a petition in the micro-borough of Govania. After an unsuccessful lobby to gain official recognition of the regional titles won by the WWII shirkers – they’ll do anything for 55 – they turned their attention to referees.
Their former club benefitted from some of the most bent refereeing imaginable, with the cheating so blatant during the Struth era and the WWII years that it was a waste of time turning up. There is now a clamour to revert to the corrupt mores of old at the new club. They have rather surprisingly focused their wrath on John Beaton. Their change.org ad is as follows:
End The Anti-Rangers Views Amongst Referees In Scotland!
“We are fed up with anti-Rangers refereeing that is happening way too often. So we have gone to the SFA to complain, the thing is we need as many signatures as possible to get them to act. The situation, with Mr John Beaton refereeing, against Hibs on the 12/08/17 was the final straw. We want the SFA to completely wipe it out and impose large sanctions on these corrupt referees that do it not just to our club but many others who may also face these type of unfair actions that are further damaging the Scottish game.”
This was evidently not written by the brightest spark in Govania. The search party for the missing village idiot can stand down. It might surprise many that this petition has solicited 5,000 signatures. If one could bottle delusion it would be a best seller on Edmiston Drive. Beaton had the audacity to send off Ryan Jack.
I would be surprised if Jack had been sent off for a push. Was an anti-Irish epithet aimed at Stokes the rationale for Beaton’s decision? Was Jack removed for his repeated attempts to assault a Hibs player? Jack’s red card was rescinded on appeal. Beaton found himself in charge of a Championship fixture in his next outing as a referee. This is considered as a punishment detail.
Will the petition go into overdrive given Jack’s latest dismissal or will the village idiot wise-up to the fact that Jack is a malcontent who would cause trouble in a vacuum? What about Booby Madden. Are his honest mistakes, which always favour the Ibrox club, acceptable? Perhaps one should revert to his Wikipedia listing:
Honest refereeing must be so rare at the ramshackle ‘Big Hoose‘ that it sticks in the craw of 5,000 of the dimmest fans in world football. They have a board led by a career criminal, limping by from loan to loan with players bought by a Qatari factor, and all they have to complain about is John Beaton?
What about the imposter at Murray Park, who is evidently adept at money laundering but cannot muster up a team to beat the club languishing at the bottom of the league?
By all means focus on John Beaton like good Gullibillies as your new club slips inexorably out of a UEFA place and settles for mid-table mediocrity.