Celtic have only played in matches when VAR is in use a handful of times but it seems to go against us more often than not.
From last summer’s friendly against St. Gallen, to the Europa League knockout tie against Copenhagen, right through to Thursday night’s fixture against Nice, we haven’t had the best of luck with the system.
It’s in use again tonight against Lyon and in the first half it’s already been required, reversing a penalty decision in our favour.
Patryk Klimala found himself through on goal only to be clipped by Lyon defender Marcelo.
The referee whistled for a spot-kick but it was pulled back after VAR replays showed the foul occurred outside of the box.
You can see the incident below, via Premier Sport’s Twitter account.
Celtic were awarded a penalty…but then VAR intervened! ❌
The outcome was a free kick right on the edge of the box instead 🍀 pic.twitter.com/SpMHipnFgO
— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) July 18, 2020
Ultimately it seems the correct decision has been made in this scenario so we can’t complain too much.
However, it does highlight again just how impactful this could be on Celtic matches if it were to be deployed in Scottish domestic matches.
The system is set to be used throughout the group stages of this season’s Champions League and Europa League so we’ll likely be exposed to it more regularly this term.