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Ref bottles Ibrox decisions after Beaton berated for correct penalty call, coincidence

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So, in a week where Rangers were awarded a perfectly good penalty by John Beaton and Celtic beat Hearts with an offside goal in a game that Kyogo Furuhashi dived to try and get John Souttar sent off the narrative was obviously about the number of recent decisions that have gone in the Parkhead side’s favour and the antics of their Japanese striker, right?

Wrong.

We saw articles about the number of penalties that have been awarded to Rangers – that was incorrect and ignored other domestic fixtures to suit their agenda – a former Celtic TV employee responsible for a hatchet job designed solely for one purpose, and it worked, we’ve also seen the decision analysed for no reason, a penny for Beaton’s thoughts when he got a big call right and is still under pressure.

Against Dundee we saw two clear examples of an official who took the easy option and refused to penalise an opposition team to the benefit of Rangers.

Ianis Hagi was clearly fouled by Charlie Adam right in front of Alan Muir, he got the ball but he had to go through the Gers forward’s ankles to do it, and then there was Leigh Griffiths.

Michael Stewart singled out Alfredo Morelos was being overweight on BBC’s Sportscene highlights show on Saturday night, El Bufalo has always been big but Griffiths hasn’t always had a beer belly and he wasn’t questioned, nor was the fact that he should have seen red for two petulant fouls – any other player, in any other stadium would have walked, the ref did him a favour.

He’s another who hasn’t handled Rangers returning to the top of Scottish football well, he isn’t playing against Russell Martin or Rob Kiernan now and doesn’t have Moussa Dembele or Odsonne Edouard next to him to make him look good either, he’s being found out for what he is.

We might laugh at Celtic and their media puppets for their moon howling nonsense but it works, on Saturday it didn’t cost us, but at some point it will, we need to be more vocal in victory so that it doesn’t cost us a defeat.

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