Confidence was high on Wednesday evening that given the season Rangers are having in the 2019/20 campaign, that we would return another three points from our trip to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen and go into Sunday’s Scottish League Cup Final with Celtic in even better spirits.
It was almost the perfect start for manager Steven Gerrard’s side as goals from Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack gave us the two goal advantage 30 minutes into the first half, but within the next 20 minutes we had thrown it away and the hosts had tied the scores at 2-2 with just over 40 minutes to play.
Despite our best efforts and our better control of the game, lady luck didn’t go our way and we had a stonewall penalty for Alfredo Morelos waved away by John Beaton who simply awarded a free kick, and Gerrard knew post-game that this single decision had cost us hugely, as irrespective of confidence for the final, the draw has now handed a certain other side a two point advantage in the title race.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, our gaffer admitted that Beaton had apologised for the error – despite it taking place practically in front of him.
“It’s 100 per cent a penalty. I’m surprised it’s not given as the referee is three yards away and looking right at it. He has seen it since and agrees it is a blatant penalty he has missed. I have to be very careful what I say, obviously. But I don’t think there will be a more disappointed person outside of Rangers tonight than John. He has just explained to me that he got it wrong, right in front of his eyes, and there is no excuse. There is nothing more I can say on it to be honest. Did he apologise? Yes. I went to see him.”
I doubt the apology makes anyone feel any better.
Does The Apology Help...
At Least He Admitted It
No (Didn't Think So)