Back in the old days the Hotline would involve moans and groans from the good and the bad from Scotland's football scene.

But it's the fall-out from a weekend of VAR controversies which dominate this column with Elie Youan's red card against Celtic star of the show. Chris Lowe, Yoker, said: "There was no bleating about referees this week from Parkhead or their media cheerleaders after the outrageous decisions that went their way against Hibs I’ve no sympathy for Hibs moaning as this is what happens when one club puts enormous pressure on officials and the other clubs turn a blind eye to it. They’ve gaslighted our officials for years that they are all terrified of Celtic."

David Knox, Queens Park, said: "Well done Celtic fans and their board for years of harassing referees, as they’ve now become untouchable. At least now other teams like Hibs and Hearts are starting to highlight the favouritism they’re shown in every game." Stuart McLeod, Stepps, emailed: "No doubt the VAR sceptics from the east end will be jamming the phone lines after the shambles of a refereeing performance at Celtic park or perhaps not. Hibs were reduced to 10 men with neither tackle worthy of a yellow card and the penalty decision for Celtic's equaliser was abysmal. All the bleating and pressure on the referees is paying off for this whingeing fan base."

Robert McEwan, Mount Vernon, emailed: "I think it's strange that nobody has mentioned the fact Celtic have started four league games before Rangers have played but there have been 15 occasions where they've played after a Rangers game. That doesn't seem fair or right."

Alan McGaw Alloa, emailed: "Once again it was another good victory away from home for Rangers. All we can do is keep winning and prepare for upcoming Old Firm games, especially the Scottish Cup semi-final. Hopefully we can progress into the final. It was brilliant to see Todd Cantwell score as he was my man of the match. Now it’s a two week break to prepare for an important month in April."

Frank McFerran, Carrickfergus said: "The more comments I read about decisions concerning Rangers and Celtic by VAR and referees, I realise that the fans are the problem in many cases, they are wearing rose coloured glasses most of the time."

Helen McLean Inverness, added: "I have been saying every week since my club Ross County were on the end of a ridiculous decision with the James Sands last man rugby tackle to highlight the bias being shown to Rangers. Surely when we have Sky Sports highlighting the suspect VAR decision on their show UEFA must step in to investigate."

Arrin Geddes, Irvine, said: "Why does the Hibs chief executive Ben Kensell feel the need to question the rules of the game? "Both bookings for Elie Youan might have been on the soft side but both incidents could have caused injury to Celtic players. He should stick to being disappointed about the way his team and manager resorted to time wasting from the third minute."

Ian Kennedy, emailed: "Hibs boss Lee Johnson appears to be a strong advocate of having full-time referees. England's top league has had them for years but still suffers from poor decisions week in and week out which are now also compounded by some awful VAR decisions. It's the quality of referees that's the problem, full-time wouldn't necessarily solve that.

Stephen Mulhern, weighed in: "The importance of having midfield maestro Reo Hatate in the Celtic side was further emphasised when he went off injured against Hibs and the team looked disjointed without his energy in midfield. However it could also mean David Turnbull having a chance to put himself in the shop window in certain matches going forward because I feel a player of his talent needs first team football and unfortunately I can’t see him achieving that next season under Ange Postecoglou."

Kevin Kean, Inchinnan, said: "Sead Haksabanovic has not played a full 90 minutes this season for Celtic Ryan Kent has played almost every minute for Rangers and has scored three goals in all competitions while Haksabanovic has scored four times. "Kent is still not contributing nearly enough."


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