In case you missed the announcement on Christmas Eve while you were getting your last minute shopping – the SFA announced the officials who will take charge of Glasgow Derby day in Govan on Saturday.
Let’s face it! There’s never going to be many people happy with a referee appointment within Scottish Football, not necessarily because people are paranoid or even loyalties being put into question, the sheer standard from the referee’s at the top table in Scottish football has been woeful – especially this season.
John Beaton, Douglas Ross and Bobby Madden seem somewhat of a ‘dream team’ when it comes to the nightmares of Celtic fans.
Madden has been at the forefront of some ridiculous decisions in the Derby with the referee famously not giving Celtic a penalty in the last minute when Clint Hill poleaxed Leigh Griffiths. How he’s going to help manage proceedings from the touchline when he can’t call that sort of decision 10 feet away is worrying.
Beaton will be the man in the centre circle at the start of the match, and it will be up to the referee to keep a lid on the tie.
If Beaton has a quiet game and nobody is mentioning him come full time, then he’s done his job, and Celtic have most likely won the game.