BRENDAN RODGERS has revealed he “would get rid of it” when asked his opinion of VAR.

Celtic were on the receiving end when Daizen Maeda was dismissed in the first-half of the 6-0 Champions League loss against Atletico Madrid in the Metropolitano Stadium in midweek.

The Japanese international forward was booked for looked like an innocous challenge with opponent Mario Hermoso in the 22nd minute. New technology wa brought into play, the referee reviewed the incident and rescinded the yellow card and produced a red.

SEEING RED…Daizen Maeda is sent off by referee Ivan Kruzliak.

Maeda was distraught at the banishment and, ironically, was injured in the tackle and will now be sidelined for six weeks.

The Hoops were a goal adrift at that stage, but the roof fell in on them when the Spaniards added a second in first-half stoppage-time and thumped in another four in the second period as the 10-man visitors toiled to hold back the tide.

Rodgers, speaking to The Herald, said: “If you ask me right now I would get rid of it [VAR]. Absolutely, but if there is money invested from the game which is supposed to make it better then you have to give that every chance.

“If you are asking me now I would just hope we can play our football and we know as humans evolve people will make mistakes and I would rather accept that than what we see at the moment.”

Rodgers is now trying to pick up his troops as he prepares for the visit of Aberdeen for the 2.30pm kick-off on Sunday.

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