Celtic will be hoping that they can return from the international break with victory on Saturday’s Old Firm derby.
Neil Lennon has already had some issues before the match as a few of his key players are currently having to isolate due to recent events.
Celtic legend Frank McAvennie has been speaking about the derby and he believes that the appointment of John Beaton as the referee for the match against Rangers could be a concern for the Hoops.
What did McAvennie have to say about Celtic’s derby hopes?
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie said: “I fear for the referee on Saturday. He is not very well liked by the Celtic side of Glasgow. I hope I am wrong, I really do. I hope he stands up because he is a good referee but in the past he has been known to make a couple of gaffs when it comes to Celtic.
“I am hoping they were just mistakes. Put it this way, I really hope next week we are not talking about the referee’s performance. I hope it is about football.”
Will this impact Celtic heavily?
McAvennie believes that Beaton could have a big impact on the game, although the Hoops should not be worried. Despite losing the last time that he took charge of an Old Firm derby in 2018, Celtic have won 28 and lost just twice on the 35 previous occasions that he has refereed one of their games.
Will Celtic beat Glasgow Rangers on the weekend?
With Neil Lennon’s side only a point behind their table-topping rivals and with a game in hand, Saturday marks a real opportunity to strike a major psychological blow. Hopefully the performance of Beaton won’t be the main talking point afterwards.
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