"Refs decide it"; Van Bronckhorst whines about Celtic loanee in build-up to Motherwell equaliser

By John McGinley

February 27, 2022

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is whining about referees and VAR again after his side dropped points to Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.

This time it involves Celtic loanee Liam Shaw, who he felt was offside in the build-up to the Steelmen’s second goal of the afternoon.

The comments are very amusing from a Celtic perspective.

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As quoted by The Scotsman, the Ibrox boss furiously stated: “We got three minutes extra time, which for me was unbelievable. Again it is the refs that decide it.

“I think with the build up to the second goal, the player (Shaw) was offside and we scored two goals which were even closer with Alfredo Morelos (which were ruled offside).

“You couldn’t see it with your eye and they had that really sharp eye in those moments. But when one player is one yard offside, they didn’t see it.

“That is why you need VAR, for these moments to help referees. With VAR, we would have won this game.”

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The refusal to take responsibility is of course music to our ears as title rivals. The longer they blame their domestic form on the men in black, the better is for us. It means they won’t address their problems.

Celtic have their own issues of course and the group at Lennoxtown will be solely focused on themselves over the next 10 league games.

For us fans though it’s good fun to peer over the fence and see them have something of a meltdown at one of our loan players helping his team to a draw that benefits us.

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Shaw came on at half-time against Rangers when Motherwell were 2-0 down. The experience of fighting back to 2-2 in a game like this should really help his development in Scottish football.

Winding up the Rangers manager is just a bonus.

In other news, Ben Doak, Owen Moffat and Joey Dawson feature in Celtic B comeback win.