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Celtic vs Rangers VAR watch as Gers denied Scottish Cup final opener and the Hoops a penalty

Rangers had a goal disallowed
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They were on the backfoot for much of the second half, but Celtic are Scottish Cup winners again to make it a double this season.

Today's Hampden final was a close run thing and while the Hoops controlled possession and territory for most of the first-half, they were put under a bit of pressure by Rangers in the second. But the men in blue couldn't find a way through and it was Adam Idah who did at the other end, pouncing on a Jack Butland error to force home on the rebound.

Philippe Clement will view it as a missed opportunity, especially as they thought they had taken the lead through Abdallah Sima in the second half, only for it to be ruled out by VAR. That was one of the main talking points of the day along with a Celts penalty call in the first half.

Here is Football Scotland's take on the VAR incidents of the day.

Davies handball

This was a really tough one to call but with the way things have been working with VAR and the handball law of late, it was a surprise that there wasn't more of a check for this. In real time, it looked like the defender's arm was really close to his side and probably not in an unnatural position but a still suggests otherwise. But how much can we trust still images?

Pundits were divided on it. Neil Lennon said: "Ben's arm is out in an unnatural position. There's nothing he can do about it but we've seen them given. And that's the whole confusion about handball. Me personally, back a couple of years ago we'd be saying that's not a penalty because there's nothing he can do about it but the introduction of VAR I've seen them given. The decision has gone Rangers' way and probably the right one."

Allan McGregor explained: "We've seen worse ones given than that. But it is the rule and it's probably a subjective rule. So you're going to get ones that worse than that and ones exactly like that given. I don't like it to be perfectly honest with you."

Aked if he would have been appealing if on the pitch, Scott Brown added: "100 per cent. I think Rangers would be the same at the other end. I think it it is a penalty in today's game. I agree with Lenny and Greegsy that it's harsh but I think it is."

Disallowed goal for Raskin shove

Rangers thought they had taken a precious lead in the second half when Abdallah Sima turned in James Tavernier's corner at the back post. Joe Hart appealed for a foul and while it wasn't immediately clear what he was complaining about, replays showed Nico Raskin shoved him in the back with two hands. The right call for VAR to get involved and Nick Walsh to then rule it out, and daft from the Belgian.

Diomande check

There was a late check for a challenge on Reo Hatate by Gers midfielder Mohamed Diomande. No-one really seemed to know at the time what it was for and when it was decided no action was required, that seemed sensible.