Rangers boss Philippe Clement has thrown his backing behind Scotland’s under pressure VAR refs after insisting they’re keeping the game honest.
The Ibrox boss was grateful for telly official Andrew Dallas’ late intervention as the decision to penalise Stefan Gartenmann’s stoppage-time tug on Connor Goldson saw his team to rescue a Pittodrie point. While James Tavernier’s successful spot-kick sent the travelling Gers faithful wild as the skipper cancelled out Bojan Miovski’s opener to snatch a 1-1 draw, the decision left Barry Robson and his Dons side stunned.
But Clement insists referee Nick Walsh got the call spot on after being sent to the screen to review the contentious penalty incident. He said: “I was asked this question a few weeks ago, about my opinion of VAR, and I’m a fan. Because it makes the game more honest. Of course there are still some mistakes and some decisions that stay in a grey area.
“That’s also why you guys [in the media] have a lot of work, because there are a lot of opinions after games and you guys like that also. People respond and are fans for one team or another. But in the end, if you are objective, you can only say VAR makes the game more honest than in my days. So I’m a fan of that. Clearly, it’s a penalty. If you pull a shirt like that, it’s a penalty. You cannot use your hands in that way.”
Mivoski slammed the Reds ahead after just 11 minutes but had keeper Kelle Roos and the woodwork to thank as the visitors desperately searched for an equaliser. The Dons’ Dutch No.1 pulled off a string of vital blocks before seeing Tom Lawrence and Leon Balogun both shake the woodwork.
In the end, Tavernier’s spot-kick ensures Clement’s eight-game unbeaten start as Light Blues boss continues. But itRead on dailyrecord.co.uk