Kenny Dalglish says Aberdeen vs Rangers referee was wrong
Sir Kenny Dalglish has reacted to referee Kevin Clancy’s performance in the draw between Rangers and Aberdeen, saying he made the “wrong calls”.
The Celtic and Liverpool legend believes that the errors made by the Scottish referee at Pittodrie show that VAR is needed in the Scottish Premiership.
Writing in The Sunday Post, the 70-year-old said: “The frantic 90 minutes underlined more than ever just how much Scottish football needs to introduce VAR.
“I don’t feel that Ryan Kent deserved to be red-carded. Indeed, I really don’t think he merited either of his two bookings.
“Even before that, there had been controversy.
“With around 20 minutes gone, Allan McGregor caught Ryan Hedges at the edge of the box. Contact was clearly made, and it looked like a penalty-kick to me.”
To VAR or not to VAR?
A lifelong Celtic man agreeing with many Rangers fans that their player was unfairly sent off suggests the decision was obviously wrong.
Ex-Hoops captain Scott Brown’s key role in the red card was not lost on any observers of the match on Tuesday night but Dalglish was happy to be neutral.
As he writes however, the home side had their own complaints about the referee’s performance, so it was an issue of the overall quality of the officiating rather than bias one way or another.
Since the technology was developed it seems that VAR has been placed at the centre of arguments about refereeing decisions forever more.
Once it was introduced in England and other leagues across Europe it drew repeated outrage at how it was implemented, by whom, how long it took, and what decisions it ended up reaching.
But as was the case so often there before it was brought in, where it is unavailable the cries are that it should be applied whenever the on-pitch referee makes a mistake.
Unfortunately, it is always going to come down to the opinions and ability of the human decision-makers, whether there is VAR or not, so the choice on whether it should be brought into Scottish football should rest on the evaluation of the officials themselves.
If they are considered reliable enough to reach the right conclusion as long as they are given the opportunity to see everything then it is probably needed, but if it just gives them a further opportunity to get it wrong, then perhaps not.
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