Malky Mackay on receiving Celtic VAR penalty as Ross County boss insists ‘you have to swallow it’ | Tech US News

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MALKY MACKAY insists Ange Postecoglou and Celtic will just have to move on from the penalty decision awarded to them today.

But the Ross County boss admits he wasn’t sure it was the right decision at the time.

Mackay believes today's referee David Munro and VAR was a tough call

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Mackay believes today’s referee David Munro and VAR was a tough callCredit: PA
Penalty incident involving Celtic's Matt O'Riley

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Penalty incident involving Celtic’s Matt O’Riley

Mackay’s side took the lead at Parkhead today after David Cancola scored from the penalty spot following a controversial penalty against Celtic’s Matt O’Riley.

The ball hit the arm of the Hoops midfielder in the box but there was very little O’Riley could do.

He admitted his confusion over David Munro and VAR’s decision to award a penalty after the match.

Hoops boss Postecoglou remained tight-lipped about the spot-kick call, choosing not to give his verdict on it in his post-match interview.

I didn't do the club any favors when I talked about VAR, says Ange at the award of penalties

But while Mackay sympathizes with the Parkhead man as the new technology doesn’t always get the right decision, he has defended VAR and insists it will improve over time.

Mackay said of the penalty: “Ange objected and I actually said at the time, ‘I’m not sure it’s going to be a penalty anyway.

“So I wasn’t too keen on it until he actually hit the full and even then I said ‘make sure you get people behind the ball’.

“Look, they’re going to be subjective, but it’s clear that in England, after a few years, the accuracy of decisions has gone from 83 to 98 percent. And the big ones will always be better for us now.

“They will always be subjective, we already had something against us. You swallow and continue with him.

“But I was in the VAR center two weeks ago and seeing what they’re actually going through, it’s going to take some time and it’s going to be better for Scottish football.

“Today went in our favor, but last week went against us.”


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