By Tam McManus

9th Nov, 2022 | 12:00pm

McManus digs at Anthony Ralston amid latest Celtic comments - 'I'm not having that'

Anthony Ralston is wrong to criticise VAR because of the “incredible” advantage Celtic have in the Premiership already.

That’s according to former Hibernian striker Tam McManus, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the defender’s latest comments.

Celtic moved seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a 4-2 win over Dundee United on Saturday (5 November).

As quoted by the Daily Record after the game, Ralston claimed, “It was hard. Stop start. Especially the way we want to play. It’s quick, and it’s intense. But this [VAR breaks] is what we are going to have to deal with.”

VAR was introduced to the Scottish Premiership at the end of October and there have already been multiple controversial incidents.

McManus claims Ralston has nothing to complain about.

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“It makes sense. As an ex-player myself, when you play Celtic or Rangers away it can be wave after wave of attacks,” McManus told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild.

“You don’t get a rest, you can’t take a breath. You have to be on it the second the ball goes out of play because the ballboys are on it, quick throw-ins.

“Celtic take advantage of that. So VAR being in and slowing things down is an advantage for smaller clubs. With every check, you get a minute or two to reset, get your breath back, go again.

“You could even get instructions from the manager. I totally get where Ralston is coming from but Celtic and Rangers get everything their way.

“The five subs rule is incredibly slanted in their favour. They can send five international players on after an hour against St Johnstone or Livingston.

“They have all of the advantages up here already so I’m not having that one.”

In other news, an ex-Fifa official has issued ‘harsh’ claim as ‘unusual’ Alexandro Bernabei footage emerges from Celtic.