The Lowdown: Postecoglou’s complaint
The Hoops experienced VAR in the league for the first time during the 4-3 victory over Hearts last weekend, but despite getting the win over the line, felt aggrieved that it could have been by more after being denied a penalty.
The Australian boss told Sky Sports after the game that he’d rather the video technology wasn’t introduced and complained that there is ‘a lot of theatre’ involved.
The Latest: Hutton’s warning
Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton claimed that Postecoglou will have to adjust to VAR being in use for more of Celtic’s games in the future.
“It is here and it will stay.
“I think it had to come in and keep up pace with the other big leagues around the world. It was always going to happen.
“Because there were certain incidents that happened in the game and then you speak to a manager right after. Emotions are running high, you are maybe going to say something that you are thinking about.
“It is what it is, we will get used to it. The time will speed up, it will hopefully not take as long in the future.
“You hope throughout the season that more goes for you than against you. Every manager and player within the league, and the fans, are going to have to get used to it.“
The Verdict: No need to panic
Former SPFL referee Steve Conroy has insisted that VAR’s decision not to award Celtic the penalty was wrong, and whilst this is frustrating, luckily for them, it didn’t have any impact on the outcome of the game.
The Bhoys remain four points clear of rivals Rangers at the top of the table following the Hearts game, and winning is all they can continue doing to keep them there, regardless of any technological mishaps moving forward.
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