VAR issue reason why Celtic DIDN'T get penalty for handball as Scott Brown goes up against 7 doubting pundits

Celtic didn't get a penalty after the ball hit Ben Davies' arm in the Rangers box at Hampden - because it was a 'natural movement' from the defender.

However that reveal didn't stop the pundits debating it, with Scott Brown going against the grain to argue it SHOULD have been given. The Scottish Cup Final was goalless at half-time after a cagey first half in which both keepers were quiet. In arguably the biggest incident of a tense first 45, Greg Taylor's cross was met by a diving Kyogo, and his header came up to strike Davies on the arm.

It sparked roars for a penalty from the East End at the National Stadium and with VAR in play, there were hopes of a Celtic persuasion that it would have been given. But whistler Nick Walsh wasn't having it and John Beaton in the VAR room didn't see fit to call him over to the monitor.

On BBC's coverage, host Jonathan Sutherland revealed exactly why it wasn't given as he said: "That is the VAR guidance we have had as well, that is a natural movement, hence why no penalty was given." On Premier Sports, co-commentator Michael Stewart agreed as he said: “I didn’t see anything to suggest that it should have been a penalty in the first instance. It’s the sort of thing you have seen given, but for me, what else is he going to do?”

Alan Hutton echoed: “His arm is in a natural position. Totally," before Stewart added: “Players are moving out the way in front of him and it comes to him. His arm is in a natural position.”

On the BBC's half-time coverage, there was unity on show from former rivals Charlie Mulgrew and Steven Davis were both in agreement that it wasn't a penalty on Davies. Leane Crighton and James McFadden meanwhile were on co-comms and Crighton said, after viewing a couple of angles: "My initial thought was that his arms were by his side, but you can see from here, it's is perhaps outstretched, for me. There's not a lot he can do in terms of the distance."

And McFadden replied: "It is (outstretched). There's not a lot he can do, but we've seen them given."

Neil Lennon thought the right decision was reached on Premier punditry as he said: "Ben's arm is out in an unnatural position. There's nothing he can do about it, but we've seen them given. Going back a couple of years, you'd say it's not a penalty, but with VAR this year, I've seen them given. It's gone Rangers' way - and it's probably the right one."

But Brown went against the grain as he said: "I think if Rangers got the same (decision against them), they'd be screaming for it. But I think it is a penalty in today's game. It's harsh, but I think it is (a penalty)."