Celtic's Ryan Christie unimpressed with VAR

By John Reid

February 21, 2020

Celtic’s Ryan Christie was at the centre of a VAR incident during the Hoops’ game against Copenhagen, and he wasn’t impressed, the Daily Record reports.

It was noticeable how little impact VAR had on Celtic’s game against Copenhagen until an incident towards the end of the game.

Hoops midfielder Ryan Christie was accused of handling the ball in the penalty box, and the referee gave the decision to award the spot kick after consulting his VAR monitor.

Hoops star booked in incident

Christie was booked for the incident, which means he will miss the second leg between the teams next week. Thankfully Fraser Forster saved the penalty, and the game ended 1-1.

VAR awards a penalty to Copenhagen (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

However, that didn’t stop Christie from venting his frustration with VAR after the game.

“I’m honest enough to say it hit my hand, it’s a handball and if the referee thinks I’m stopping a goal he’s got the right to give it. The frustrating thing is to get the yellow card afterwards” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

Christie also questioned why VAR wasn’t used to check for a possible handball in the run-up to Copenhagen’s equaliser.

“The frustrating thing”

“I’ve been told the rules are that if it hits my hand it’s a penalty. But there was a handball in the build-up to their goal which wasn’t looked at, so the consistency is the frustrating thing.”

The only way players will get used to VAR is if it is introduced to Scotland on a regular basis. It remains to be seen if that will happen though.

Fraser Forster saves a penalty (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

It must be strange for players to have to get used to VAR after never having experienced it before. Would the handball that was awarded against Christie have been given in Scotland? It’s hard to tell.

However, Christie’s point about the handball seems to be considered enough. It was a bit odd that the goal wasn’t checked.

Still, the more Celtic play in the games that feature VAR, the more the team will get used to it, although it does sound like it will take a lot for Ryan Christie to become a fan.

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