“Where Was VAR?” Former Celt Asks, As Incredible SPFL Penalty Anomaly Continues At Ibrox

Remarkably theRangers and their incredible run of having no penalties against them in the SPFL this season,  continued in unbelievable fashion last weekend.

It’s the second such run to benefit the same club in a little over three years. The first run of 44 games without conceding a penalty in the league was between January 2020 and April 2021. The second run of 51 (a record in Scotland) runs from January 2022 to the present day.

How any team can go almost a season and a half with conceding one penalty, especially when they are not the best team in that league is quite remarkable. And it becomes even harder to believe, when one looks back at the penalty claims which have been denied for the opposition.

Yesterday, former Celtic midfielder Barry Robson was the man who suffered. He and his Aberdeen team, which also features Celtic loanee Liam Scales, were denied a clear penalty when Goldson hauled Duk down. The initial contact was outside the box and continued into the area, as such the referee should have pointed to the penalty spot.

The referee didn’t blow his whistle and VAR failed to intervene.

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up on the English south coast with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were previously sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are now available on Amazon.


  1. RANGERS 1872 ARE DEAD on

    Not only a penalty but a red card too. Obviously this could not happen as he would be suspended for the Glasgow Derby.

  2. Rob O’Keeffe on

    Leave them alone,they’re going for 55.They might ask for a new Coronation Cup to celebrate this amazing run.
    P.S. I’m hoping Goldson is playing this week,he’s a huge heided donkey.

  3. Steve Grant on

    What’s the linesman doing it’s happening in right in front off him.It also proves how bias the Scottish referees are to this club.