Celtic boss says Scot­tish game could do with video as­sis­tance for of­fi­cials


CELTIC man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers be­lieves that the in­tro­duc­tion of VAR would ease the pres­sure on ref­er­ees with­out erad­i­cat­ing the el­e­ment of drama within the game.

Speak­ing in a week in which ref­eree An­drew Dal­las and Steven McLean have both come un­der fire for their per­for­mances at Ham­p­den in the Bet­fred Cup fi­nal and at Ibrox as Aberdeen had

S a m Cos­grove wrongly sent off, Rodgers has called for as much help as pos­si­ble to of­fi­cials.

And the Celtic man­ager also main­tained that ref­er­ees have to be al­lowed to make mis­takes with­out a witch­hunt in order that they de­velop and im­prove, al­beit he did in­sist that they had “not helped them­selves” with some de­ci­sions.

“If you con­stantly crit­i­cise … you have to find ways to help ref­er­ees and they can prob­a­bly help them­selves some­times be­cause there

have been some de­ci­sions where you think, hmm, I’m not sure there,” said Rodgers. “But it is go­ing to hap­pen. You need con­stant ed­u­ca­tion to help them un­der­stand the game bet­ter and help in any which we can.

“I’m sure [VAR] would help. If it helps then make a de­ci­sion that is clear then surely that helps them and helps the game as op­posed to they have made a bla­tant mis­take and they have to live with it and are heav­ily crit­i­cised.

“We have to al­low mis­takes to be made. I make them as a man­ager and some­times you have to take it, but it helps you grow. There is an ar­gu­ment for that. The prob­lem can be some­times that it gives de­bate, ab­so­lutely, but peo­ple lose their jobs on it and it is peo­ple’s liveli­hoods.

“Foot­ball is an in­cred­i­ble game and that for me is a big part of it – talk­ing foot­ball, foot­ball gossip, that is where you want to be, talk­ing foot­ball more so than poor de­ci­sions but it is a part of the game. If it helps ref­er­ees in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions then it has to be of ben­e­fit with­out be­ing to­tally ev­ery­thing tech­no­log­i­cal.”

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