Celtic attend SPFL meeting as vote looms on change Bhoys are 'pushing hard' for

By John McGinley

February 28, 2022

Scottish Premiership clubs, including Celtic, held a meeting this lunchtime to discuss the introduction of video-assisted referees – VAR – into the top-flight.

BBC Sport journalist Kheredine Idessane reported on social media earlier today that the meeting last around 90 minutes, although no decisions were made and it remains a ‘work in progress.’

It comes ahead of a vote this spring which will determine whether or not it will be implemented.

The Scottish Daily Mail reported last week that both Celtic and Rangers were ‘pushing hard’ for the introduction of VAR but that some clubs may be dragging their feet due to the costs involved, which could amount to as much as £100,000 each per annum.

It was said by the outlet that Celtic are impatient to press ahead, so they won’t be delighted nothing much has been pushed forward from today’s meeting.

There’s a growing feeling that Scotland could be left behind when it comes to the technology with UEFA competitions now consistently using it alongside many leagues across the continent.

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has also backed the system in the past, telling reporters a few months ago: “VAR is inevitable, it will happen everywhere. When it comes in you embrace it, you understand there will still be some issues because that’s been consistent worldwide. Ultimately if it gets the big decisions right I think it’s a positive.”

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With Scottish football referees coming under constant scrutiny, the system may help them avoid obvious errors that are re-litigated in the press for days after the final whistle.

VAR is backed by the Scottish Senior Referees’ Association and the Scottish FA, so there is certainly will outside of the Glasgow clubs to press ahead with the changes which some hope could come into effect from January next year.

As we know though, convincing Scottish clubs to part with a six-figure fee each year isn’t going to be a simple task.

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