Postecoglou's VAR irritation in Celtic win

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has expressed major frustration with the introduction of VAR in Scottish soccer, saying technology is changing the game and disrupting the entertainment.

The Australian vented his frustration after VAR interrupted Celtic's dramatic 4-2 win over Dundee United which put them seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

United scored their first of two equalisers from a VAR-assisted penalty and Postecoglou was baffled over how long it took to look at other incidents including Sead Haksabanovic's second goal and Liel Abada's stoppage-time effort, which was checked for offside.

"I don't think people fell in love with football just to be sitting around waiting for someone in a building miles away to decide outcomes," Postecoglou said.

"They do not need to take that long. If they have seven camera angles it seems like they want to look at every one.

"I know it's early doors and it's a new toy that everyone wants to use but you can't be disrupting games like this."

Alexandro Bernabei was booked for handball, after referee David Dickinson reviewed footage of the United striker's header hitting him on the arm after he jumped for a header.

"It seems like any time the ball touches your hand in the box - apart from when you are playing Hearts away - it's a penalty," Postecoglou said.

"So if that's the case, they could have seen that in the first screen that it hit Berna's arm. But why take so long?

"This is not me having a rant about VAR. I have no issue with VAR, I just have an issue with how it's being used. It's changing our game. It's changing what we all knew to be the laws of the game.

"The problem we have got now (is) we have let technology come into the game and rules that have been in place for over a century that we are all comfortable with are all of a sudden having to be looked at.

"I don't think that's what VAR was for. VAR, I thought, was there to pick up clear and obvious errors. Clear and obvious. Someone is having a shot from that distance and it hits his arm, how they can say that's clear and obvious? I don't get it.

"The problem with technology is they are going to have to change a lot of rules because they are re-refereeing the game, which is the one thing they said they wouldn't do. But they are, there's no doubt about it.

"And I feel for the officials because I have no doubt that they are scared to make decisions, they would much rather let it go and see if VAR picks something up."