Rangers should speak up over bizarre refereeing

By Steven Clifford | Guest Contributor

On the back of quite possibly the worst refereeing performance ever to be witnessed at our stadium, the support have been rightly upset at the embarrassing performance of John Beaton in the game against Hibs at Ibrox.

I am a qualified referee and referee every weekend all over Glasgow, I know just how difficult it is and that is without assistants so I'm always reluctant to criticise match officials.

However, I have watched the replays of several incidents yesterday again and again and it's hard not to question just what the match official is playing at.

First up, Anthony Stokes and the James Tavernier incident after seven minutes. Stokes has a kick and then violently wrestles Tav to the ground with his arms around his throat. Law 12 is clear that this is violent conduct. How Tav is booked and Stokes only yellow is completely baffling.

Then the melee in which Ryan Jack is sent off. The Hibs No.8 takes Graham Dorrans out from behind and this is completely forgotten in the resulting melee. Stokes wades in and has his hand round Jacks throat, pushes him and then is the aggressor going head to head with Jack. Jack is punished with a red card and Stokes is let off once more. In fact Dorrans is cautioned for his reaction as is Dylan McGeouch. The worst thing for Beaton is that he is pictured looking right at Stokes and chose to ignore it.

Now McGeouch then goes on to commit several fouls, including taking Herrera out as he broke on the centre circle. No action taken. Alfredo Morelos was however cautioned for persistent fouling and the resulting caution on McGregor summed up a laughable performance from Beaton and his assistants.

The lack of consistency from Beaton was completely inexcusable. Rangers shouldn't perhaps be surprised after the same official gave Aberdeen a free kick last season in which also cost Rangers a result at Pittodrie.

In only week two the precedent seems to be quickly evolving, Louis Moult not red carded last week, an abysmal decision against Partick Thistle on Friday evening and fans are already questioning what is going on.

Rangers will be dignified and seek response quietly from the head referee this week I'm sure, but perhaps we should be publicly condemning the woeful performance of Beaton. Will the head referee phone the club to apologise? Or is it open season and that rule applies only to a select club?

Perhaps we as a club should be vocal and strong about finding out.