Dermot Gallagher delivers verdict on controversial decision in Celtic win v Morton
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes that the use of VAR would have helped referee John Beaton after a controversial incident in Celtic’s Scottish Cup quarter-final win over Morton.
Odsonne Edouard was fouled leading to the penalty which gave the Hoops a 2-0 lead in the match they won 3-0, and Gallagher, speaking on Sky Sports, claims that the use of the video system would have proved that the decision to award the penalty was wrong, and it should have been a free-kick just outside the penalty box.
“For me this is where VAR would be absolutely brilliant because it’s all about facts,” Gallagher said.
“It’s just outside. When you see it at speed, you can understand why the referee’s given a penalty. It looks a penalty all day.”
The SFA have made no decision as yet if VAR will be used in Scotland, with the Scotsman recently reporting that the SPFL and the SFA are set to have a meeting about implementing the procedure in Scotland.
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It seems likely that debate about VAR will run and run, as it continues to influence matches. Even in games where the process has been used, there have been controversial decisions, and no doubt if it was used in an Old Firm game the controversy would drag on for weeks. The drawback for introducing the system in Scotland is that many clubs can’t afford the technology that you need introduce the process at your stadium. Whilst costs remain prohibitive, it seems highly unlikely that the system will be introduced in Scotland until a cheaper equivalent is found. So for the time being, people can still moan about referees.