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Sour Grapes! John Hartson’s 16 year grudge

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John Hartson has nursed the feeling for over 16 years.

Back in the spring of 2003 he timed his run perfectly before slotting home a shot that should have been Celtic’s equaliser in the League Cup Final against Rangers.

To give the assistant referee even more assistance he was on one side of the 18 yard line with the last defender on the other.

For reasons best known to the man with the flag he opted to disallow the goal. The trophy was lost and put down to one of those things, just another honest mistake.

At Hampden yesterday at the same goal, along the same 18-yard line there was another flashpoint as Chris Jullien scored the only goal of the game.

There is no conclusive proof that the defender was offside when Ryan Christie delivered his free kick.

In March VAR will be installed at Hampden for the Scotland v Israel European Championship play-off.

Cyprus and Malta already operate VAR, for reasons best known to the SFA ans SPFL there is no VAR in Scotland but hopefully no-one else will suffer like Hartson did back in 2003.

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