By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

22nd Feb, 2021 | 6:15pm

Exclusive: Alex McLeish shares verdict on use of VAR in Rangers run in Europa League

We’re delighted to welcome former Rangers manager Alex McLeish as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox…

Alex McLeish has claimed that Rangers will have had an “eye-opener” with the use of VAR in their Europa League clash with Royal Antwerp.

The Bears eventually battled their way past the Belgian side in their first-leg victory on Thursday, with the technology in overdrive to analyse three penalties.

McLeish admitted that not many will have gotten used to VAR as of yet, with it still not being introduced in Scotland.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “It must be a bit of an eye-opener for the guys that are based in Scotland when it comes to the European scene and VAR.

“It’s something that Premier League managers have got used to. Let’s face it, hardly anyone in the world has got used to the full use of it.

“We accept that the camera can’t lie in certain moments, the offside rule and that kind of thing. Anyway, that’s for another day.”

Officiating has really come under the microscope this season in Scotland, and Steven Gerrard has already called for some big changes in the SPFL.

The Bears boss wants the officials to become full-time, and be handed the use of goal-line technology and possibly even VAR in the future.

The sooner these things happen, the better, and hopefully this run in the Europa League will urge the SFA to introduce them over the summer; time will tell.

In other Rangers news, Clive Tyldesley shares an injury update on James Tavernier