By Frank McAvennie

13th Nov, 2022 | 11:00am

Celtic idol fumes over Jota controversy as SFA statement released

Frank McAvennie has slammed the referees and VAR for the camera angle used to show Jota’s offside for Celtic against Motherwell (9 November).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops striker said referees are enjoying being the “centre piece” of games with the technology.

As shown on Sky Sports (10 November), Jota thought he had put the Celts in front after chipping Motherwell goalkeeper Liam Kelly, but the flag was raised for offside.

The decision was confirmed after a VAR check, but the only angle of the decision shown to fans was from the other end of Fir Park.

On Friday (11 November), the Scottish FA released at statement that confirmed the relevant 18-yard line camera did not capture an appropriate view of the incident.

The Scottish football body confirmed that both 18-yard cameras are able to effectively determine whether a move is offside.

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McAvennie was left unimpressed with the officials.

It is ridiculous,” he told Football Insider.

Only in Scotland, everywhere in England they have got lines and they just cut corners in Scotland so that the camera angle is behind. It is absolutely ridiculous.

It is embarrassing. It has only been here two weeks and it is completely messing up the game. Seven or eight minutes of stoppage in a game is ridiculous.

I am not a big fan, I never was. I thought VAR was going to come in and sort things out. See when you have got to put lines in, it is not offside. Every fan up and down the country will accept that.

The referees are loving it because it is making them the centre piece. I have not got a nice word to say about the referees at the moment.

In other news, McManus has issued ‘scary’ Jota prediction after ‘incredible’ Celtic development.