More VAR scrutiny coming as Aberdeen launch appeal; Celtic Park eligibility on the line

By Hamish Carton

February 2, 2023

Aberdeen have appealed a Ross McCrorie red card that would see the defender miss his side’s visit to Celtic Park.

The Dons, who recently parted company with Jim Goodwin, are due to face Ange Postecoglou‘s Hoops in Glasgow on Saturday 18 February.

As it stands right now, they will be without McCrorie for that game after he was sent off for elbowing St. Mirren’s Charles Dunne last night.

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SFA rules say that violent conduct offences result in a two match ban.

Aberdeen appealed the decision on Thursday meaning that McCrorie will be able to face Motherwell on Saturday.

Their following league game is a fortnight later at Celtic Park, and it remains to be seen whether McCrorie will be able to feature or not.

The decision given by referee Grant Irvine at Pittodrie has sparked plenty of debate.

The referee initially gave a free-kick to St. Mirren before being told to by VAR officials to go and check the pitchside monitor.

He then decided to send McCrorie off.

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Yesterday we told you how St. Johnstone had won their appeal against a red card given by VAR at the weekend.

That was an embarrassing episode for the SFA and officials, and there will now be even more scrutiny placed on them as the Pittodrie incident is looked at.

Celtic just have to soldier on and hope we’re through the worst of our horrendous VAR decisions.

In other news, it’s exactly one year since the ultimate Ange Postecoglou Celtic quote