Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has delivered his thoughts on VAR as the controversial system is set to be used at Ibrox for the first time during tonight’s fixture against Braga, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk.
Unlike in the Champions League, VAR wasn’t in place for the group stages of the Europa League. However, it will be used for the duration of the knockout stages.
After a spate of controversial decisions against Rangers in domestic football, plenty of Bears have welcomed its arrival.
Steven Gerrard, too, is open to the added assistance.
“We had a meeting here a few weeks back where a couple of the Scottish referees came in and explained the rules of VAR and what the referees in UEFA are looking for and what they are prepared to clamp-down on,” said Gerrard, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk.
“We have echoed that meeting to the players and made it nice and clear. The players are well-aware of what to do and how to act in certain situations, but it will be slightly different to what we are used to.
“The most important thing that came out of it was to keep playing… it is important we don’t make any type of gesture of VAR, try to crowd around the referee or go towards the monitor. They have made that very clear that they will act in that situation and dish yellow cards out.
“We are going to have to be very careful and make sure we behave and are very disciplined during the game and over both legs.”
There’s certainly a feeling that had VAR been in use in Scottish domestic football, Rangers could be a trophy and several league points better off.
Christopher Jullien’s League Cup-winning goal for Celtic should have been flagged offside, while the Gers were denied a stonewall penalty in a draw at Aberdeen and recently saw a goal harshly ruled out in the defeat away at Kilmarnock.
Therefore, it’s little surprise that Gerrard is keen to get on board with the system.
VAR’s success certainly isn’t guaranteed, but Bears will be hoping it drastically reduces the chances of poor decisions, as they bid to defeat an in-form Braga.