Chris Sutton's powerful tweet after Old Firm ref John Beaton receives online threats

Chris Sutton

Steven Gerrard enjoyed his finest hour as Rangers manager so far in the latest Old Firm game against Celtic.

After a woeful performance earlier in the season away at their bitter rivals, the blue half of Glasgow really turned it on at Ibrox.

Ryan Jack scored the only goal of the game, but Rangers should have had three or four on the day.

Alfredo Morelos was guilty of missing a few big chances, while Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon produced a number of eye-catching saves.

It was an Old Firm game to remember on the pitch, but it has taken a rather sour turn off the pitch in the last few days.

As per the BBC, referee John Beaton has had to contact the police after he received a number of threats online - his contact details were also leaked.

The official made a number of big calls with regards to Morelos throughout the game, with the Colombian having off-the-ball incidents with Scott Brown, Anthony Ralston and Ryan Christie.

However, as Beaton saw all three of the incidents, the Scottish FA have not taken action against Rangers' top goal scorer.

Morelos celebrates

And that's where the whole debacle should end, with the abuse aimed at Beaton cowardice in its most prominent form.

Scottish football pundit Chris Sutton - a known Celtic fan - has decided to post a powerful and thought-provoking tweet on Beaton's situation.


Sutton wrote: "If it’s true that John Beaton has been threatened this is disgusting and the brainless people who are making these threats should be arrested. We all love football and have our own opinions and we can exchange views without all the bile and threats."

Well said, Chris.

The animosity between both sets of fans in the Old Firm has a tendency to spill out in the wrong ways and action needs to be taken this time around.

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