Bobby Madden may just have offered Celtic a little bit of advice ahead of their first competitive meeting with VAR this week.

Neil Lennon’s side will come into contact with the new technological craze this Thursday, when they visit Copenhagen in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie.

While we’ve never previously used VAR in a competitive clash, Madden does have first hand experience of the system.

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A UEFA referee checks VAR monitor

A UEFA referee checks VAR monitor (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

He and Willie Collum are both fully trained in the technology, as Madden gave an insight into one of the pitfalls that clever clubs try to exploit.

“I’ve used it in three Champions League games and some teams are very switched on,” he told the Scottish Sun.

“They’ll try to restart play as quickly as possible if there is a potential incident against them as once it restarts there’s no opportunity to go back.

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“As a ref, after a potential incident you delay the restart while you get confirmation there was nothing in it.

Madden books Scott Brown

Madden books Scott Brown (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We may get a message saying ‘delay, delay, delay’ to make sure you don’t restart if it’s a natural stoppage.”


Celtic should take Madden comments on board

So there’s a little bit of advice from a whistler himself Celtic. If there are any fears over something that one of our players have done, then get the ball back in play as soon as possible.

Of course, referees are likely to be on to this kind of thing. But it’s definitely worth us trying our luck.

It’s going to be a little bit strange to see us falling under the VAR umbrella for the first time in UEFA competition.

We may have to deal with the disappointment of celebrating a goal, only for it to be disallowed.

The Celtic fans

The Celtic fans (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But there’s also the other side of the coin that could see the system saving our bacon after conceding.

Let’s just hope that our sparkling football is the big talking point from the 180 odd minutes of football.

VAR has had a habit of stealing the attention over the past 18 months or so. Let’s hope that the focus is well and truly on ourselves by the end of next week – and for all the right reasons.

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