Rangers fans have reacted after UEFA released a video confirming that VAR will be in use at Ibrox for the Europa League Round of 32 fixture against Braga.
The official Rangers FC Twitter passed on the UEFA communication on Monday evening, getting fans talking about the impact it could have on Thursday’s game.
It’s the first time the system has been in use at the ground in any capacity, so Gers players and fans are very much stepping into the unknown.
In an attempt to provide some clarity, UEFA’s video explains the four circumstances in which VAR checks can be utilised.
👇 VAR will be in use at Ibrox for the first time on Thursday.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 17, 2020
The referee can call on assistance only for decisions relating to goals, incidents in the penalty area, red cards, or in the case of mistaken identity.
Assistance will only be called upon in those instances if there’s a suggestion of a clear and obvious error with the original decision and the system will not be used in other circumstances.
VAR in some form has been in use across top European leagues for some time, and in the English Premier League since the beginning of this campaign.
It’s not without its critics, especially south of the border. However, the majority of Bears appear to be at least partly positive about it’s use for this game.
Poor refereeing decisions have cost Rangers points and trophies this season, but with the assistance in place, there’s a hope that high-profile mistakes are more likely to be eliminated.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
Our perfectly good goals might stand now!
Might even get a penalty if this happens pic.twitter.com/4OXHUOcUty
— Alfredco Morelos (@Pena_Cartel) February 17, 2020
What’s var rules on if it’s windy?
— CJ (@Cjnovo992) February 17, 2020
If we had VAR against Celtic in the cup final we might have won it, and at park head their goal wouldn’t have stood, we’d have beat kille and been 2 up v Livi. I’m all for it
— Martyn (@Martyn7i) February 17, 2020
— Jack Smith (@JackSmith5___) February 17, 2020
— Jordan Rennie (@JORDANRENNlE) February 17, 2020
Should be in place for the whole tournament not just from the knock out stages.
— Rangers Loyal (@RangersLoyal_) February 17, 2020
So refreshing to know there won’t be any inept Scottish referees to ruin the game
— Big G 🇬🇧 (@RFCGW) February 17, 2020
Would have loved it in a few previous games to this… But I’m excited to see how it goes on Thursday 🔴⚪🔵🤞
— Steely (@OhItsSteely) February 17, 2020
Oh this is gonna be fun
— Nathan (@nathanj3001) February 17, 2020
Might get some decisions now.
— Adam (@iForwardAdam) February 17, 2020
Buzzing for this!
— Ross young (@ross_ecosse) February 17, 2020
Might get some fair decisions for a change then
— Ianis SZN (@HagiRSC) February 17, 2020