Rangers fell to a devastating defeat to Celtic on Sunday afternoon which could have been avoided if VAR was in operation.

The fact is, that the Gers utterly dominated at Hampden, and up until the hour mark, Celtic had offered absolutely nothing in attack.

The goal was to prove their only shot on target of the whole game, yet as we have conclusively seen, it should not have stood.

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Christopher Jullien was able to arrive at the back post in such space to meet the set-piece delivery because he had been clearly standing in an offside position as the cross was struck.

Jullien’s goal would have been ruled out after a quick check. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was a glaring error from the linesman and ultimately, it cost Rangers a fair shot at silverware.

The game was watched by millions worldwide, and the winner was determined by human error. There’s something deeply unsatisfying about that.

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What’s more galling is that if this was a Champions League, Premier League, Bundesliga or La Liga fixture of arguably lesser importance, they would have been able to chalk off the goal in seconds.

 

With half an hour to go, it would still have been 0-0 and the dynamic of the game would not have shifted. That wouldn’t have been a fortunate reprieve for the Gers, but simply the right decision.

The thinking is, that VAR can’t yet be introduced in Scotland partly because the costs are prohibitive [BBC Sport]. There’s no doubt it’s an imperfect system, too, with Steven Gerrard raising concerns about it after the game [The Guardian].

Norwich City have a goal disallowed against Sheffield United on Sunday. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Yet, it was designed to stop clear and obvious errors, and this was an example of where it would have been extremely beneficial.

Bringing it in would be a seismic change to Scottish football, but it needs to happen. In this day and age, the game here cannot continue to lag behind the rest of the Europe.

It’s probably unfeasible to have it throughout the Premiership and or in the early rounds of cup competitions. Yet, when it comes to semi-finals and finals that are being beamed around the world, it’s an absolute must.

Yesterday’s farce just confirms that.

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