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Rangers vs Kilmarnock VAR looks on as the frenzied start sees two penalty claims, one given and a red card

Have there ever been so many VAR controversies in twenty minutes?

There was an absolutely crazy start to today’s game between Rangers and Kilmarnock, with delay after delay due to a series of incidents. Gers were awarded two penalties that did not go their way and in between it was all 1-0 after a bizarre own goal from captain James Tavernier.

They finally got their penalty, but it was far from easy for the officiating team as a number of things had to be checked before they could arrive at a result. Killie had to play the rest of the match with ten men, with Joe Wright sent off for handball into the line. After all that, Tavernier still missed and Will Dennis made a great save.

The home side put that behind them and then stole the lead through Fabio Silva, Ben Davies, Tom Lawrence and John Souttar for a comfortable victory in the end. Here, Football Scotland pores over all VAR flash points.

Penalty disallowed

The punishment for the Rangers conspirators thought they would have something to cling to in the minutes in this game.

Corrie Ndaba challenged Dujon Sterling for the ball and there was clear contact on the ball with his arm. Referee David Dickinson was sent to the monitor to watch but stayed strong to prevent a penalty being awarded. He probably decided that the defender’s arm was not in an unnatural position when he went for the ball.

Claim for the second spot kick

Just moments later, Cyriel Dessers hit the deck to claim a penalty under Joe Wright’s challenge. There was some confusion and it initially looked like Dickinson would point to the spot, but then it became clear that the Nigerian was in an offside position when Sterling pushed the ball towards him. The ball also ended up in the net, but the referee had already blown his whistle. A quick VAR check showed that offside was the correct decision.

Own goal by Tavernier

There was a THIRD VAR delay in the opening 13 minutes and it came when Kilmarnock were 1-0 up. James Tavernier was seriously unlucky when Matt Kennedy’s ball across goal came away from him and went in. There was a suspicion that Kennedy was offside when Liam Polworth’s cross came in, but the check showed that he was on and the goal stood.

James McFadden: “Steven Kirkland did David Dickinson an absolute disservice by not making a decision and taking so long to make a decision. By sending him to the monitor two minutes into the match the tone was set and since then it’s been a stop-start. It’s not good enough.”