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Waiting game: Scott Brown must get used to VAR

Waiting game: Scott Brown must get used to VAR

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Waiting game: Scott Brown must get used to VAR

Scott Brown admits VAR could momentarily curtail Celtic celebrations should the Hoops score against FC Copenhagen tonight.

The video assistant referee will be in use for the first leg of the last-32 clash at the Parken Stadium.

The implementation of VAR in English football has brought widespread criticism, although Russian referee Sergey Karasev will use the pitchside monitor as opposed to external referees making decision elsewhere which has been a source of the complaints.

Brown, speaking at the Parken Stadium, said: "It will be something different for us.

"We know not to get too carried away if we do score and after that hopefully we get the correct decision. But it is in the competition now and we have to get used to it because it will probably come to Scotland eventually as well so I think all the lads need to get used to it."

Manager Neil Lennon is also interested in how VAR pans out against the Danish side.

The Northern Irishman said: "I will be needing a little bit of patience and hopefully not tinged with frustration.

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"It will be an interesting concept because obviously we have not used it before but the decision is solely with the referee and not a committee elsewhere."

Celtic could not be in better form having won nine out of nine in all competitions since the turn of the year.

However, Brown tempered too much expectation of the Scottish champions.

The veteran midfielder said: "As soon as were in the group stages we wanted to get European football after Christmas and we have managed to tick that box.

"We will worry about one game at a time and hopefully we will get a good result tomorrow and take them back to Celtic Park next week.

"We want that good run in Europe but you don't want to get too carried away.

"It is one step at the time. It is going to be hard game but over the two legs we need to make sure we perform and score goals and it is all about how we play."

Lennon will have to do without Leigh Griffiths after the striker picked up an injury.

The Scotland attacker and defender Greg Taylor did not travel to Denmark, nor did longer-term injured defender Hatem Abd Elhamed.

As a partner to Odsonne Edouard, Griffiths has been key to the 3-5-2 formation that Lennon has preferred to the 4-2-3-1 since the start of 2020, which has brought nine straight wins.

"Hatem Elhamed did not travel, Greg Taylor picked up an injury at the weekend and Leigh an injury in training, a slight twinge.

"I'm hoping the latter two will be fit for the weekend.

"We can use both systems, we are comfortable with both and we have a fair idea of how we want to play tomorrow.

"I expect a difficult game, tactically they are smart. We are in good form, confidence is good. I am not taking anything for granted but we are looking forward to the game.

"The stadium is magnificent and the players will get very excited about the game when they get here.

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