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Rangers boss curses lack of VAR, makes Gers v Aberdeen admission

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has cursed a lack of VAR in the Scottish game as he was pressed on a series of poor refereeing decision in the draw with Aberdeen.

The composed Dutchman fronted the press following the lacklustre Pittodrie performance and whilst Gio admits his team weren’t at their best the refereeing took centre stage.

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Clearly not one to focus too heavily on decisions in the aftermath of the game, van Bronckhorst admitted the shortcomings of his own side as Rangers escaped Aberdeen with a point.


But when asked about the refereeing decisions – from Ryan Kent’s red card, the two penalty shouts and the ball moving from the spot for Ferguson’s subsequent equaliser – Gio referred to Scotland’s lack of VAR.

“Of course if you don’t have VAR, the decision that is made by referee is the decision that counts,” said van Bronckhorst following the draw with Aberdeen [Sky Sports].

“If you have VAR and you get every angle, like with the long ball with Allan in the first half, maybe it is different. I don’t know.

“We saw with the penalty the wind. It is windy here, we saw the ball moving and maybe with VAR it has to be taken over [again].

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“That is way it is. We have to accept the decisions by the referee and move on.

“It is a physical game with a lot of tackles, a lot of duels. You know there are going to be yellow cards on both sides.

“I don’t know. It is a decision by the ref. He got booked a little bit before so there is every chance when you make a foul the fans were going to scream.

“It is normal in a place like this. With ten men, I think we did well and worked hard to get the point.”

It doesn’t look like Gio is going to get VAR north of the border anytime soon either after a vote on the technology was kicked back to April, meaning it will likely be deferred to the season after next.

The Ibrox boss also claimed, in the end, his side were “happy” with a point as he criticised his team’s inability to properly retain the ball in a sub-par performance from the Champions.

Next up for Rangers is the Scottish Cup visit of Stirling Albion before the club hosts Livingston at Ibrox and van Bronckhorst was satisfied to get out of Aberdeen with a point in the end.

“Sometimes you have games like this. It is not like every place we go we dominate and create chances and be the dominant side. We knew it was going to be hard here,” said van Bronckhorst.

“Of course we wanted to be better, especially on the ball. Today we weren’t so we go back to Glasgow with a point and we work to the cup game on Friday.”

The Aberdeen draw signals the end of van Bronckhorst’s perfect start as Gers boss, with the club winning seven and drawing one in the Scottish Premiership since the Dutchman took charge.

Meanwhile, a routinely Rangers-linked Aberdeen star has reportedly been the subject of £3.5m interest from Serie A.

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