Celtic Diary Tuesday August 20: Cheatin Beaton and his Media Allies
Sounds like a sixties pop combo, when you put it like that, but in reality, it’s a testament to just how far Scottish football has lurched into cronyism.
It’s so bad that even the bookies have ditched it, presumably after they noticed that an awful lot of people were betting on certain events during certain games featuring a certain club.
And a certain referee.
John Beaton is not noted for his ability in his second job-his first is as media relations manager with Scotrail Alliance. Media relations manager…you can see how the circle is drawn.
During Celtic TV coverage of the Dunfermline game, partisan commentator Tom Boyd remarked on the decision Beaton made not to award Celtic a blatant penalty. He concluded that Beaton was not fit for purpose, and added that the referee would be welcome down his local, a reference to the Crown Bar , in Bellshill, where Beaton has been known to celebrate after a tough but fruitful day at the office.
Not his media relations manager office, I hasten to add.
Beaton may be an awful referee, and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that he is, but he certainly knows how to court a relationship with the media.
The deflector shields were cranked up to the max last night when Tom English, the Irishman who works for Radio Scotland, offered his thoughts on Boyd’s comments, and the pain that Beaton has gone through during his tenure as a referee.
Though actually, he didn’t…he played the man…
Tom Boyd is one of these characters who is wheeled out to push the party line and pander to the crazies and their sense of victimhood.”
Boyd, as we know, has a permanent gig with the clubs subscription only tv channel.
He isn’t “wheeled out “, there is no “party line “, and i’m curious to know who he considers to be the “crazies ” and would like him to explain their “sense of victim hood ”
He can put it in the replies , or clarify his comments on twitter, I’m on @richiestoke.
As he is fully aware.
And in an attempt to justify his malevolence, Englsih said;
With English leading the charge, others were quick to leap on the ever-circling bandwagon…
An exchange which prompted several replies, one of which made me spit out my tea..
It is wholly unacceptable for a professional journalist on payroll of the National Broadcaster to rant like this on air. He should be reprimanded for this and his contact cancelled for gross misconduct. He is free to disagree but what he has said is worse than TB