Celtic fans tease rivals over VAR implementation as other SPFL supporters join in

By David Walton

October 3, 2021

The latest proposals to implement VAR into Scottish football has Celtic and other SPFL club supporters poking fun at Rangers.

The SFA released a statement on Friday and confirmed a meeting will be held on Friday with all Premiership clubs about whether to use VAR for all Scottish Premiership top-tier matches. It would also be in place for the latter stages of cup competitions also.

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The system has largely attracted controversy on several counts. One of the main complaints being how long it takes officials to come to a decision. Another frustration is the fact strikers no longer get the benefit of the doubt, with fine goals being chalked off due to what at times can be a millimeter of a difference.

In terms of getting the right decision, VAR is a fine process. But in terms of a viewing spectacle for supporters, it can lead to hefty problems.

Of course, it’s used in many top leagues around the world in 2021. Celtic have also had a taste of it in the Europa League in recent years too.

Bringing VAR to Scotland would be a controversial move

It can’t be denied that there is a vocal element of fans who see having no VAR in Scotland as a good thing. As one of the reasons Scottish football is actually an attractive watch.

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It would appear at face value that making Scottish referees full-time and, at the very least competent, would be the bigger priority. VAR is a system that’s worth using, but only if your referees are of an acceptable standard to utilise it appropriately.

It would be interesting to see what VAR in Scotland would look like. But for many it simply takes away from the experience of watching a football match. Whether that be at home or in a stadium.

Even so, Celtic and other SPFL supporters have used the news to goad Rangers. Coming off a 2020/21 campaign where you’ll do well to remember a red card or penalty against the Ibrox side, it’s not surprising many would happily have VAR in Scotland to correct some wrongs.

Here’s a look at some of the reaction below:

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