Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner. Facebook Messenger An icon of the facebook messenger app logo. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Facebook Messenger An icon of the Twitter app logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. WhatsApp Messenger An icon of the Whatsapp messenger app logo. Email An icon of an mail envelope. Copy link A decentered black square over a white square.

Duncan Shearer: VAR let Aberdeen down again at Ibrox, Ross County set up great escape, and how do Caley Thistle keep sharp for Scottish Cup final?

Why was the penalty incident involving Duk and Connor Goldson ignored?

Rangers' Connor Goldson (L) grapples with Aberdeen's Duk as he advances into the box at Ibrox. Image: SNS.
Rangers' Connor Goldson (L) grapples with Aberdeen's Duk as he advances into the box at Ibrox. Image: SNS.

It is not hard to see why Aberdeen are unhappy at VAR again following Rangers’ remarkable let-off on Sunday.

Duk’s determination counted against him as the Dons went down 1-0 in Glasgow.

The Cape Verde international was involved in the big talking point as the Dons’ seven-match winning run was ended by the Light Blues.

Connor Goldson was all over the Aberdeen attacker, and with Duk getting the better of him, he panicked and wrestled Duk to the ground.

Duk sprang back to his feet as he had only one thought in mind – which was to get a shot away, and he won his side a corner.

The Dons waited for VAR to intervene, but nothing happened. John Beaton’s decision to award a corner stood.

I’ve watched the incident a few times and it is clear Goldson feared the worst as his initial reaction was to look to the referee.

Aberdeen assistant manager Steve Agnew can also be seen appealing from the dugout.

Fellow striker Bojan Miovski was caught on camera talking to Duk after the incident, no doubt telling him to stay down next time and force the officials to make a decision.

If anything. Duk was guilty of being too honest.

For me, the foul starts outside the box, but it is clear it carries on into the penalty area. On that basis, it should be reviewed.

If the referee’s decision to award a corner is not a clear and obvious error then I’m struggling to know what is.

Surely a second look should have happened and I can understand Dons boss Barry Robson’s frustration at nothing being done.

At the very least. it should have been reviewed.

Ignoring it altogether beggars belief and Barry was justified in asking afterwards where was VAR? Was it in the building?

Dons can take positives from Ibrox showing

The incident apart, there was little between the sides and Aberdeen should take comfort from that.

They’ve gone to Ibrox, a ground where they were torn to shreds earlier in the season, and pushed Rangers all the way.

On another day, Duk could have had a couple and in the end they lost out to a terrific strike from Todd Cantwell.

Rangers’ Robby McCrorie makes a save to deny Aberdeen’s Duk in the first half at Ibrox. Image: SNS

Barry said he could accept a defeat if his players give him everything. That’s exactly how I would assess Aberdeen’s performance in Glasgow.

The Dons gave as good as they got, created some great chances, and were unfortunate to come away with nothing.

Five ahead, four to go for the Dons

There’s a lot to be hopeful about heading into the remaining matches.

With Celtic winning the title in a 2-0 win at Hearts. the gap between the Dons and the Jambos remains at five points and there are only four games left.

Hibernian are next up at Pittodrie on Saturday, which will double as the Gothenburg 40th anniversary celebrations, so I expect the place to be packed out.

When the fixtures were announced it was clear the Dons would have to do it the hard way to hold off Hearts after being handed trips to Ibrox, Tynecastle and Celtic Park.

I’m confident victories from the two home matches against Hibs and St Mirren will be enough for Aberdeen to finish third, but it is easy saying it – it’s up to Barry and his players to make it happen.

Could the great escape be on at Ross County?

One weekend was all it took to give Ross County fresh hope of a great escape.

The 6-1 defeat at Hearts two weeks ago was compounded by wins for the Staggies’ rivals Kilmarnock and Dundee United.

Victory on Saturday against Livingston was a must after that and County did their part with an excellent 2-0 win.

A good day’s work became a great one when news filtered through both United and Killie had lost their respective matches.

Alex Samuel following Ross County’s win over Livingston. Image: SNS

It wasn’t pretty and the nerves jangled before the opening goal, but the triple substitution around the hour mark was the big call for me.

County looked comfortable at 1-0, but Malky Mackay clearly wanted to change something either for tactical reasons or to inject some freshness.

Whatever his reasoning it paid off, as Alex Samuel scored the second goal.

Both Samuel, who has been out for almost a year with a cruciate injury, and Josh Stones, made a major impact off the bench.

I did break out in a cold sweat when I saw Samuel is from Aberystwyth, though.

It instantly took me back to my days as a young Chelsea player.

We used to spend pre-season running up and down the sand dunes there and it was horrific. The worst week of the season by a mile.

As for County, the scene is now set for an absolute cracker at Tannadice on Saturday against Dundee United.

A win for the Staggies takes them off the bottom of the Premiership with three games remaining.

The stakes are huge.

Keeping Caley Jags players ticking over is Doddsy’s biggest challenge

My heart goes out to Caley Thistle after they came up just short in a remarkable bid to make the play-offs.

With eight games remaining, I predicted Billy Dodds’ side would need to win at least six of their matches to have a chance.

In the end six wins and a draw was not enough as the one defeat on Friday at home to Ayr United meant Inverness missed out.

Billy Mckay reflects on the end of Caley Thistle’s Championship season arriving in the shape of a 2-1 defeat by runners-up Ayr United on Friday. Image: SNS

It was harsh on the Caley Jags players, but at the final hurdle they didn’t reach the levels they had produced in the run-in.

As sore as it was, nobody could begrudge Ayr their win. They were the better team on the night and deserved it.

It will still be raw at Caledonian Stadium for everyone involved, but I’m sure Billy and his coaching staff are busy trying to put a plan together to keep the players ready for the Scottish Cup final on June 3.

A month of no football is going to be a huge challenge for Caley Thistle.

We’re at a time of season where arranging friendlies is not easy as other clubs are winding down or heading for the beach.

If there is one team you need to be match sharp to face it is Celtic. Caley Thistle know they will have to run, they won’t see a lot of the ball and their opponents are the best team in the country.

Being as best prepared as they can is of paramount importance.