By Mike Slater

18th Apr, 2022 | 4:10pm

Keith Hackett: Rangers winning goal likely disallowed with VAR v Celtic

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett as our exclusive Rangers columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox

Keith Hackett has insisted that VAR would have likely ruled out Rangers’ winner against Celtic on Sunday afternoon.

The ex-FIFA official admitted that if you were nitpicking, technology would have intervened and overruled the linesman.

It counted in the end, and Rangers will go charging into the final of the Scottish Cup next month against Hearts.

“You are not going to give that as offside without VAR,” he exclusively told Ibrox News.

“The hand and arm doesn’t count in this one, if you’re nitpicking and you’ve got VAR, the likelihood is that is going to be ruled out for offside.

“That’s why, ultimately at the end of the day, the decision is tomorrow.”


The scenes are this goal were absolutely out of this world.

Imagine what would have happened if VAR would have stepped in and disallowed it after the players all ran into the crowd nearly.

There would have been outrage on and off the pitch, and we’re not quite sure there would have been grounds to rule it out.

Calvin Bassey was put under the microscope after he crossed it in for the winner, and if the hands and arm don’t count, everything else is onside.

The vote is coming, and it will be very interesting to see how that will turn out, and we could have the technology in Scotland sooner rather than later.

In other Rangers news, One 25-year-old could now be deemed as surplus to requirements at Ibrox this season