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Sport Steven Gerrard blasts absence of VAR in Scotland after League Cup final

06:41  09 december  2019
06:41  09 december  2019 Source:   readsport.co

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Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard. © Getty Images Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard admitted that he isn’t a huge fan of VAR in football but said that officials in Scotland need help after Celtic seemingly got away with a few calls during the Betfred Cup Final on Sunday afternoon.

Celtic’s Christopher Jullien scored the only goal of the game to endure that his side left Hampden Park with the cup but replays showed that he was in an offside position when the initial cross came in.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 08: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC (R) consoles Ryan Jack of Rangers FC following defeat in the Betfred Cup Final between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on December 08, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) © Getty Images GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 08: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC (R) consoles Ryan Jack of Rangers FC following defeat in the Betfred Cup Final between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on December 08, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard didn’t go as far as to call for the introduction of VAR, but he seemingly took a shot at the standard of officiating in Scotland.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says his players and the assistant referee need to share responsibility for the 1-0 Scottish League Cup final defeat to Celtic on Sunday, but concedes officials need more help than they are getting. Gerrard 's side were comfortably the more dominant throughout, carving

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says his players and the assistant referee need to share responsibility for the 1-0 Scottish League Cup final defeat to Celtic on Sunday, but concedes officials need more help than they are getting. Gerrard 's side were comfortably the more dominant throughout, carving

He said: “I think [VAR] has taken something away from the game, so I’d be a liar if I said I’m 100% in favour of it but one thing I do know is that thee officials up here do need some support and help because there are too many things, not just for our club but across the board, that they maybe miss and need a bit of support on.”

Gerrard admitted that he was pleased with his side’s overall performance in the game and made the point that up to three Celtic players were in offside positions before the goal. “We conceded from a set-piece, which we shouldn’t have given away. Once you concede it, you have to defend it better. There were three Celtic players standing in offside positions but unfortunately, we play in a country where there is no VAR.”

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says his players and the assistant referee need to share responsibility for the 1-0 Scottish League Cup final defeat to Celtic on Sunday, but concedes officials need more help than they are getting. Gerrard 's side were comfortably the more dominant throughout, carving

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says his players and the assistant referee need to share responsibility for the 1-0 Scottish League Cup final defeat to Celtic on Sunday, but concedes officials need more help than they are getting. Gerrard 's side were comfortably the more dominant throughout, carving

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 08: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC embraces Connor Goldson of Rangers FC after their team's defeat in the Betfred Cup Final between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on December 08, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) © Getty Images GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 08: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC embraces Connor Goldson of Rangers FC after their team's defeat in the Betfred Cup Final between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on December 08, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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If VAR was in play in the final, Celtic’s goal would certainly have been ruled out, but there’s a case to be made that Alfredo Morelos would have been sent off.

Not that we’re keen on agreeing with a Rangers manager but the level of officiating in Scotland isn’t the best and maybe they do need the help of VAR at some point in the future.

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