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CELTIC BOSS BACKS VAR

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BRENDAN RODGERS believes the introduction of VAR would help Scottish football.

The Celtic boss would also like to see the technology added to the sidelines for crucial Champions League games.

Rodgers, who is aiming to lead the Hoops into the lucrative group stages of Europe’s exclusive tournament for the third successive season, is aware small margins can often settle the outcome.

The system, of course, was used during the World Cup Finals in Russia and received a mixed reaction – especially in the Final where Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana awarded France a controversial penalty-kick after watching a VAR replay for a handball against Ivan Perisic.

Overall, though, Rodgers, reckons VAR was beneficial in eradicating mistakes from match officials.

The Parkhead gaffer said: “I think it has shown that it can work and work well.

“Of course, there’s a huge investment needed for it, but I thought VAR worked very well at the World Cup. We were probably all a little bit sceptical of it at the beginning, after seeing it in England earlier in the season.

“There was one Liverpool game where there was a delay for seven minutes. People were waiting when it was in the middle of the winter which wasn’t ideal.

“But in Russia is was very slick, in the main, and a lot of the decisions were correct and it didn’t really alter the flow of the game.

“So, I think it worked very well. However, there is obviously a bit financial implication involved in it.”

 
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