CELTIC hammered Aberdeen 4-0 at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon. The Bhoys were in brilliant form and didn’t give Aberdeen a sniff at anything. Any time the Dons had the ball, the high-pressing Hoops quickly won it back.

Since VAR was introduced in November, there has always been at least one controversial moment during a game at Celtic Park.

During today’s game, it was surprisingly quiet. There was one significant VAR intervention, but it appeared to deliver the right call. Willie Collum handed Celtic a penalty for a foul on Daizen Maeda from inside the box.

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Soccer Football – Scottish Premiership – Celtic v Aberdeen – Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – February 18, 2023 Celtic’s Liel Abada scores their fourth goal REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

After a VAR review, it was deemed that Celtic were offside in the build-up to the decision being given, and the penalty was rescinded.

Even the goal checks seemed a lot quicker than usual. Hopefully, a corner has been turned when it comes to upping the pace of decisions so the game can be played.

The goals didn’t exactly lend themselves to lengthy checks in the first place, but neither have some other goals in previous games, but the time between the ball hitting the back of the net and the green light coming has been frustrating.

Celtic will be hoping VAR has a quiet game during the Cup Final and at least gets the big calls right. The Hoops have been on the receiving end of some horrible decisions; in comparison, the Ibrox club have struck it lucky on more than one occasion.


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