Celtic boss Postecoglou delivers verdict on SFA VAR plans

By David Walton

October 3, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has today discussed the potential implementation of VAR as he stated its arrival is “inevitable”.

The SFA announced on Friday that a meeting will be held on October 8th to discuss bringing it into Scottish Premiership games in the future. Celtic would be asked to pay around £60k-per-year if the plans are to go through [Daily Mail print edition, 02/10, back page].

The system is now in use across a host of leagues around the world. Despite that, however, it’s come with plenty of complaints regarding how it affects the spectator’s experience.

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But as clubs get set to discuss the issue later this week, Postecoglou already has his mind made up on whether it’s coming to Scotland.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound after today’s 2-1 win against Aberdeen [03/10, 14:42], Postecoglou said: “I think it’s inevitable. I’ve had experience with it in Japan and Australia in international football.

“And even in European football now it’s there. So I think it’s inevitable that it’ll come in. There have obviously been some issues but I think as people get to understand it better and use it better, those issues will become less and less.”

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All evidence points to VAR arriving in Scottish football; Celtic boss sounds all for it

VAR is clearly coming one way or another. It’s seen as the future of football and is in use all over the world. It’s actually surprising to an extent that it’s taking Scotland this long to get it in play here.

Even so, it’s coming. It’s difficult to see clubs failing to agree on it. Especially when so many believe too many decisions go against them. They’ll all view VAR as some sort of provider of justice when it comes to game-changing decisions.

Everyone will have a different verdict on it as supporters. Whether you believe it negatively affects your viewing experience or not, it’s not going anywhere.

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All we can do is hope that the issues that have surrounded the system are sorted soon. Granted, you wonder how beneficial it would be to make refereeing a full-time gig whilst we’re at it.

VAR will only be as good and efficient as the referees make it. Can we really trust Scottish referees, with the state our game is in in that department, to carry it out competently?

Regardless, Ange seems all for it. Let’s see what comes of Friday’s meeting.

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