"It's why I was uncomfortable"; Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou takes SFA's VAR to task

By John McGinley

November 11, 2022

Ange Postecoglou has given his latest thoughts on the introduction of VAR in Scotland after more controversy in Celtic matches.

Use of the technology, so far, hasn’t been stellar when the Bhoys have been on the field.

The latest issues came on Wednesday night against Motherwell when Josh Morris was not shown a red card for a wild lunge on Carl Starfelt, while replays indicating Jota was offside for a disallowed goal were woefully inadequate.

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Postecoglou didn’t mince his words in today’s pre-match press conference, stating [YouTube]: “For me, it’s not about the decisions. I still think with VAR there are going to be decisions that are contentious. For me, it’s just about the process.

“It’s why I was uncomfortable with the fanfare when we introduced it. It was the talk of the town – VAR is coming – as if it was brand new. Australia, which everyone seems to think is a backwater, had VAR four years ago. It’s not a new thing. It’s been around for quite a while. Referees in our league who referee in Europe have used it.

“So, we make it out as if it’s this really big thing with big expectations. It should’ve just been we’re prepared and ready, let’s get on with it. Now we’re saying expect teething problems. I don’t know why there would be teething problems for something that’s been around for four years. If we’re not ready, don’t start with it.

“For me, it’s not about the decisions. They’re saying Jota is offside, they have evidence of that. Whatever evidence that is, is with them, but even if that’s wrong, I don’t care, it’s a decision. There are plenty of wrong decisions. For me, it’s the intrusion it has on the game.”

The Celtic manager went on to lament the fact that VAR is currently the ‘star of the show’ in Scottish football, feeling it should a background, functional part of the game rather than all this chaos.

You can understand his position given how its been used by referees in our matches so far. Hopefully, it’s not something people are talking about after we’ve faced Ross County this weekend.

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