Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has backed calls for introducing video assistant referee (VAR) technology in Scotland.
McInnes said striker Sam Cosgrove had done “nothing wrong” when he was handed a second booking by referee Steven McLean for a challenge on Connor Goldson in the 1-0 Premiership win at Ibrox on Wednesday.
Cosgrove’s foot was high, but he appeared to make no contact as he took the ball away from the Gers player deep in home side territory.
It was one of several dodgy decision in the Scottish game recently which VAR could have overruled.
In Sunday’s Betfred Cup final loss to Celtic, a penalty, which was saved, was given to the Hoops after Dom Ball accidentally headed a high ball on to his arm outside of the area.
Last night, broadcaster BT Sport’s Scottish football presenter, Darrell Currie, posted on Twitter: “There is a lot of anger directed at our referees… well here you go, we are offering the SPFL and SFA to trial VAR on our live games… let’s do it?”
The SPFL has consistently stated that the use of VAR would be too costly for the Scottish game with spending priorities elsewhere.
In a pre-match media conference ahead of the league match with St Johnstone at Pittodrie tomorrow, McInnes said: “I don’t think we should dismiss VAR because it’s expensive, we should be doing all we can to minimise the controversial decisions.”
On Cosgrove, he added: ” For me Sam has done nothing wrong but we can’t appeal so we just move on, there’s been too many high profile incidents already this season involving referees and we would rather focus on the game itself.”