Rangers might’ve produced one heck of a laughable statement yesterday, but Celtic should also be backing their calls for VAR to be introduced.
The Ibrox side were keen to play the victim role after another derby game where decisions went both for and against both sides. Hilariously, Rangers pointed the finger at several incidents that they feel went against their team over the course of December.
They pointed at a penalty which Alfredo Morelos didn’t get against Aberdeen, before moaning about Christopher Jullien’s goal at Hampden and Odsonne Edouard’s goal from Sunday. They feel those calls justify the inclusion of VAR. You can read the ridiculously selective statement for yourself by clicking here.
Of course, no mention of the fact their goal yesterday came from a corner that shouldn’t have stood due to the fact it should’ve been a goal-kick. That doesn’t suit their argument.
But their core goal to bring VAR to Scotland should be backed by Celtic. Over the years we’ve been done in by some shocking decisions in games against our rivals.
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You only need to go back to last season. Jon Flanagan got away with a clear elbow on Scott Brown in May’s Ibrox defeat. Back in December 2018, Morelos also got away with a stamp on Anthony Ralston. VAR also would’ve managed to catch these decisions and put Rangers on the back foot.
As usual, a couple of decisions don’t go their way and it’s statements galore. However, when it comes to introducing video technology, that could be for our benefit too.
Cost will be the main problem for clubs as it always is. Up in Scotland, it just isn’t a case of bringing it in ASAP like it was in England. We have clubs who could genuinely have to choose between VAR and a productive transfer window.
There’s always the argument of the bigger clubs paying more, but whether there’s a motivation for that is questionable.
The fact is, however, that if certain clubs don’t want it implemented, they can’t have their managers complaining about decisions. VAR represents a chance to get decisions right, even if it’s had its teething problems in England. So long as it gets introduced in Scotland, that’ll be a step towards taking human error out of decision-making.
Seeing Rangers be the first to moan about it comes with its own wave of irony. But let them – when it eventually comes to Scotland, they’ll be the first to suffer.