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The National (Scotland)
Ewan Paton

Chris Sutton in Scottish football VAR 'scrap it' verdict after more controversy

Chris Sutton has called for VAR to be scrapped in Scotland.

The Celtic icon reckons the video technology should be binned until Scottish officials begin utilising it properly.

The Hoops emerged as comfortable 2-0 winners away to Ross County on Sunday. Jota and Alexandro Bernabei netted the goals late into either half.

However, despite the routine nature of the victory, some contentious VAR drama dominated the headlines in the aftermath of the match.

The Scottish champions were awarded a penalty shortly before half-time. 

Cameron Carter-Vickers' header ran onto the arm of County's Alex Iacovitti, although this occurred after a short tussle in the box.

Willie Collum didn't point to the spot initially, however, after VAR advised he looked at the incident again on the pitchside monitor, the referee soon changed his mind.

Jota would then step up from 12 yards to give Celtic the lead in the Highlands.

Robbie Savage appeared alongside Sutton on BBC Radio 5 Live last night. He asked: "Celtic beat Ross County, but it wasn't a handball, what is happening?"

Sutton responded: "Well, VAR in Scotland has been a disaster. They should scrap it.

"Next season they should scrap it. They brought it in halfway through this season and it hasn't worked so scrap it until you can use it properly, Scottish football."

Meanwhile, Celtic hero Paul Lambert has joked that the penalty awarded to his former side at the weekend was a 'stonewaller'.

Asked for his opinion on Sportscene, Lambert joked: "It's a stonewaller... No, I'm only kidding. I can see Malky's point, what's he meant to do there? Ange will look at it and say we deserve a bit of luck with the penalty, I get that. I see Malky's point of view being absolutely livid with it.

"What do you do? I think there would be a clash of heads there if the two arms weren't up. VAR looks at every incident and the referee has made the choice that he's going to give handball.

"I can understand the two managers; one being really happy and one being really angry."

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