Jozo Simunovic may be a little more wary of VAR than his Celtic team-mates in the Parken Stadium tonight.

In the lead up to our Europa League last 32 tie against Copenhagen, we’ve heard time after time that the Hoops will be coming into contact with the system for the first time ever.

That’s not strictly true. In fact it’s not even the first time we’ve used the new technology this season.


VAR being used in UEFA competition

VAR being used in UEFA competition (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Tuned in Hoops supporters may remember a dull 0-0 friendly against Swiss top-flight side St. Gallen earlier this summer.

VAR was used in that clash, with the Scottish Sun reporting its inclusion as a trial ahead of its use in the Swiss Super League this season.

And, is often the case with VAR, drama ensued.

Subscribe to 67 Hail Hail TV now

Why does Simunovic have history with VAR?

First off all, it gave us a first-half penalty following a St. Gallen handball. However, Odsonne Edouard’s spot-kick was saved.

Then Simunovic managed to get himself sent off, despite the match being a pre-season friendly.

Jozo Simunovic in action for Celtic

Jozo Simunovic in action for Celtic (Photo by Alex Nicodim/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The big defender saw red for a high boot, with VAR once again informing the referee of the decision.

It was a clumsy moment for Simunovic that he would perhaps have gotten away with in normal circumstances.

And to add insult to injury, he missed our first two league games of the season as a result. (Scottish Sun)

Hopefully it stands as a key reminder to the big man, and the rest of his team-mates, that you simply can’t get away with anything sly anymore.

One of the VAR monitors

One of the VAR monitors (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

A reminder: VAR can only be used in four circumstances

  • goals
  • incidents in the penalty box
  • red cards
  • mistaken identity

Are you looking forward to Celtic’s first meeting with VAR? Or is the technology not for you? Join the conversation by commenting below in our brand new fans discussion forum…

Have something to tell us about this article?