A 15th minute penalty for a James Brown handball was followed by his team being reduced to 10 men for a Nicky Clark clash with Ryan Jack 34 minutes in, only for Jack to escape with a yellow for a crude lunge on Adam Montgomery four minutes later – despite Collum being asked to consult his VAR monitor by official Nick Walsh over a possible red card offence. Davidson was left perplexed and believes VAR was once more found wanting over a handball in the box.
"Start with the Nicky Clark one. I thought it was a bit harsh,” he said. “I thought the player was getting fouled originally, he has lost his balance a little bit as he has gone to ground, he has slipped the ball around. Ryan Jack has come in to him at force, not the other way round. So I just can't get it, I don't understand it. A really big decision, I don't think it was a red card and then the tackle on Adam was really late, at speed with force. He [Collum] has gone to check it. I have seen replays of it, at speed, at force, he has missed [the ball], gone straight leg with studs at Adam's ankle and it is a yellow card. There you go, that sums up the game. Normally when they go over it is a red card. The less I say about that the better.
“I was a wee bit surprised, a big decision in games. I think that is what VAR is for, isn't it? I watched it back and I am unsure they can interpret things in rules, it is how they interpret them. I genuinely think it was a foul on Nicky, a subtle little pull he has lost his balance. So I hope someone will answer it for me.
“A couple of big decisions. And the penalty one, might as well talk about that while I am here. I think it is a rule we have to change a little bit. James’ hand is up, and it is deflected off [Connor] Goldson’s back from half a yard, or a yard away – I’m not sure what you are meant to do. There is no intent to handle it, not intent to stop the ball going towards goal. I think it was Efe Ambrose had one at Parkhead [last week] as well. We have to be a little bit sensible as big decisions in games are affecting the outcome. We have to have a look at the handball rule at the end of the season.
“I’m always worried if the ball goes into the box and it sort of ricochets off somebody and hits a hand then it is a penalty. I understand if somebody is trying to block a shot and your hand is up in a natural position and it’s going towards goal or trying to stop an attack on goal. Again, it is a rule we need to sit down and have a look at. With VAR now we can see if it is a handball. So we need to have a proper look at it.”