Beale rues VAR decision in 'bitterly disappointing' defeat to Celtic

A first-half strike from Kyogo secured all three points for Celtic after Roofe had a goal chopped off.

Michael Beale insists Rangers had a goal wrongly ruled out by VAR in their defeat to Celtic in the season’s first Old Firm game.

Kyogo Furuhashi scored the only goal of the game in first-half injury time as the Hoops took all three points at the home of their rivals on Sunday.

Beale says he was “bitterly disappointed” by the result as they drop to four points behind the champions after only four Premiership games.

Kemar Roofe had a goal ruled out after the referee judged Cyriel Dessers to have committed a foul on Gustaf Lagerbielke in the build up.

Speaking after the game, Beale said: “We started the game quite well. Obviously the first goal (by Matondo) was clearly offside.

“The VAR decision I’m not sure about because I think that Cyriel puts his foot down and the boy actually kicks him.

“I think he’s a lucky boy, so I’m disappointed that goes against us. Having said that, there’s a lot of football to be played afterwards.

“It’s a really poor goal, a goal that you cannot concede, but it’s just an isolated moment. We almost concede the goal ourselves.

“It’s a good finish from the lad but we shouldn’t concede a goal like that.

“In the second half I thought we pushed, we chased the game and we had big moments to score.

“We could create more, but we certainly had big moments to score and we didn’t. So it’s a bitterly disappointing day.

“It’s not the result anybody wanted. And obviously at this stage of the season, it’s not where we want to be in terms of points difference either.”

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