Ref Watch: Should Celtic have been awarded a penalty against Hearts? | Football News

Dermot Gallagher dissects the refereeing flashpoints from the first weekend of VAR in the Scottish Premiership, including all the drama from Celtic’s 4-3 win at Hearts.

Hearts 3-4 Celtic

INCIDENT: Anthony Ralston’s goal was disallowed for a foul in the build-up.

VERDICT: Right decision

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Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has his say on the VAR drama surrounding the Hearts vs Celtic match in the Scottish Premiership

DERMOT SAYS: The referee gives a foul early before the goal. If you watch the replay you can see the referee whistle long before the ball goes in. People are saying it wasn’t offside, but he’s not blowing for that, and that’s why it didn’t get checked.

Celtic's penalty appeal for handball was rejected
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Celtic’s penalty appeal for handball was rejected

INCIDENT: Celtic appealed for a penalty when the ball hit Michael Smith’s arm in the box but, after a VAR check, it was rejected.

VERDICT: It should have been a penalty.

DERMOT SAYS: I think in the Premier League we’ve seen these given, it bounces up and his arm is out. That’s what they do in Scotland, where they have a slightly different tolerance level to handball. His arms aren’t massively out, but in the Premier League that would be given.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: VAR checks a foul in the box by Celtic's Cameron Carter-Vickers on Hearts' Cammy Devlin during a cinch Premiership match between Hearts and Celtic at Tynecastle, on October 22, 2022, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)
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Hearts were awarded a penalty after Cameron Devlin was brought down in the box

INCIDENT: Referee Nick Walsh awarded Hearts a penalty after reviewing Cameron Carter-Vickers’ challenge on Cammy Devlin.

VERDICT: Penalty was right decision.

DERMOT SAYS: Definitely the right call. The clue is the ball – it goes forward. The forward plays it so it goes forward, Cameron Carter-Vickers plays the man and it’s a penalty.

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Highlights from the Scottish Premiership match between Hearts and Celtic

INCIDENT: Hearts were awarded a penalty after Cammy Devlin beat Mortiz Jenz to the ball, Josh Ginnelly scored on the rebound but it was retaken after both he and Jenz was ruled to be encroaching.

VERDICT: Right decisions

DERMOT SAYS: The referee gave this on field. It’s a similar tackle to the first, the Hearts player gets there first and Jenz catches him. What’s interesting is what develops afterwards. It was a very good spot by the VAR and what you would say is this is where it works absolutely spot on. Because when they did take the penalty you see that the player that put the ball in the net was the one who was in the area. He has gained a materialistic advantage from being too far forward.

Rangers 1-1 Livingston

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Dermot Gallagher explains why VAR deserves credit after Morgan Boyes saw red during Rangers vs Livingston

INCIDENT: Livingston’s Morgan Boyes is sent off for a challenge on Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos after a VAR check.

VERDICT: Red card was correct decision.

DERMOT SAYS: I honestly thought it was a yellow card but when you see it again I fully agree with the VAR. The referee thought yellow card as well. When he is sent to the screen you can see that the VAR has picked up what I haven’t seen. The VAR has done him a massive favour, it’s definitely a red card.

Hibs 1-2 St Johnstone

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The decisions to book Martin Boyle for diving and also deny Hibernian a penalty for offside in the build-up are analysed by Dermot Gallagher

INCIDENT: VAR check sees Hibs forward Martin Boyle booked for diving.

VERDICT: Correct decision

DERMOT SAYS: Good spot by the referee, VAR checks to make sure it wasn’t a penalty. It isn’t a penalty the referee got it right. What you would say is that the referee got it right first time, he didn’t need the screen that was his on-field decision.

VAR made its Scottish Premiership debut at Easter Road
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VAR made its Scottish Premiership debut at Easter Road

INCIDENT: Hibs penalty rejected for offside in the build-up.

VERDICT: No penalty

DERMOT SAYS: Without VAR this definitely would have been a penalty. The game goes on and that didn’t get picked up in real time because it was so tight. The referee gives a penalty quite rightly and the check showed it was a penalty but there was an offence in the build-up.

St Mirren 2-1 Dundee United

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Dermot Gallagher analyses the decision to rule out Jonah Ayunga’s goal for St Mirren against Dundee United

INCIDENT: Jonah Ayunga’s goal for St Mirren was chalked off for a foul in the build-up.

VERDICT: Goal should have stood.

DERMOT SAYS: I think it was incredibly harsh. There’s 15 seconds in the build-up [between the incident and the goal]. I think this is one that they will learn. This is one I disagreed with, I thought it was too long. He’s in his own half, are you really going to go back that far? I think not. I think goal.



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