Todd Cantwell Slams VAR in Rangers’ Victory Against Livingston

Rangers midfielder Todd Cantwell expressed his frustration with VAR after a controversial tackle during the game against Livingston. The match featured several VAR decisions, including goals ruled out and a penalty that had pundits buzzing at halftime.

Rangers’ manager, Philippe Clement, made four changes from the Europa League win over Sparta Prague, with Cantwell starting on the bench. Despite the VAR drama, Cyriel Dessers eventually gave Rangers the lead, with James Tavernier redeeming himself for a missed penalty earlier in the game.

Cantwell, introduced in the closing stages of the match, immediately found himself involved in a contentious moment. He was cautioned by the referee, prompting him to take to social media to share his frustration. Cantwell posted still images of a challenge on him, stating, “Didn’t get checked” and followed it up with another captioned, “For context I get booked here not even looked at. If I didn’t pull my leg away, we wouldn’t be most worried about it not being looked at.”

Despite the VAR controversies, Rangers secured a 2-0 victory. Manager Philippe Clement, now seven games unbeaten, expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance, saying, “We deserved to win, that’s clear. We know the pitch is not an advantage, but we did it in a good way, no excuses.”

Reflecting on missed opportunities, including the penalty and disallowed goals, Clement added, “If you play a game where you miss a penalty and goals are disallowed, it can become tricky, but we had a relaxed afternoon and never came into danger.”

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Looking ahead, Clement emphasized the team’s commitment to hard work during the international break, stating, “We are going to work hard in the international break – there are a lot of things to do in the club. I’m here to work, not to have free time and enjoy life. My life is football.”