By Frank McAvennie

15th Nov, 2022 | 7:50am

Celtic idol backs radical VAR change as new Matt O'Riley footage analysed - 'it's a circus'

Frank McAvennie has claimed Scottish football needs to use ex-referees in the VAR room after Ross County were awarded a controversial penalty against Celtic on Saturday (12 November).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops striker said VAR is becoming a “circus” and insisted they need officials who “do not have a vested interest” in games.

As shown on Sky Sports (13 November), Matt O’Riley was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the Celts’ penalty area.

Although referee David Munro did not initially award the spot kick, a VAR review overturned the onfield decision and David Canola put the Staggies in front.

Ange Postecoglou’s side came back to win 2-1 and move into the winter break nine points clear at the top of the table.

But McAvennie has suggested referees do not need VAR assistance in situations like this.

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The referees should not get any help unless it is a stonewall decision,” he told Football Insider.

The referee has got to make a decision. It is embarrassing.

I can’t be bothered with the referees. They were bad enough before, treating you like a school boy. Now there is a whole big thing around it. It is like a circus.

They need to get people in that have not got a vested interest, somebody who is not going to be on the pitch the following week.

Get older referees in. Get them out of retirement so they can get involved because they will just want to help the youngsters. It needs ex-referees or ex-footballers in VAR. It beggars belief and it is ruining the game.

In other news, McAvennie has backed Conor Hazard for Celtic move amid ‘soul destroying’ claim.