By Mike Slater

21st Jan, 2022 | 8:20pm

John Beaton should have given Rangers penalty v Stirling Albion - Stephen Craigan

Stephen Craigan has insisted that Rangers should have been given a penalty against Stirling Albion on Friday evening.

Cedric Itten was back in the side after returning from his spell in Germany, and he was hauled down in the box only five minutes into the clash.

Craigan took aim at John Beaton for not giving the penalty, and was shocked that he didn’t given his clear view of the incident.

Speaking during live commentary of the clash on Premier Sports, Craigan was stunned that the decision wasn’t given.

“John Beaton is looking straight down the line, that is a tug of the shirt,” he said.

“With John Beaton looking straight down the line, I’m very surprised he hasn’t given a penalty kick, he’s obstructing the player, I tell you what, very fortunate.”

Here we go again.

What is happening with the state of officiating in Scotland right now?

First, it was Kevin Clancy against Aberdeen, and now Beaton in this one, both were shocking and yet nothing is being done about the quality on show from those in the middle.

Itten was clearly dragged to the floor, yet Beaton wasn’t even interested despite not being blocked and having a clear line of sight.

With Rangers writing to the SFA this week with complaints, you have to wonder if that is in the mind of some officials going into these games now and in the future.

Something needs to change, it’s the clear decisions that these officials are getting wrong on a consistent basis.

Beaton must have been listening though, as he went on to give two penalties before the half-time whistle was blown.

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