Celtic boss Neil Lennon has touched on what he’s labeled an “interesting concept” in VAR tonight.

Video technology will finally be in place for the first time in a Celtic game this evening. VAR is used in the latter stages of the Europa League, with Celtic set to face Copenhagen in Denmark later today.

There’s been a stigma attached to VAR since its introduction to English football. However, unlike in the Premier League, it will be the referee who gets the final call in Europe. That means they’ll have to go to a monitor and check decisions themselves as opposed to being told what to do.


A UEFA referee checks VAR monitor

A UEFA referee checks VAR monitor (David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

It’s a system that Lennon certainly prefers. Speaking at his pre-match press conference via Celtic TV, the Hoops manager finally touched on the video technology.

” I think we all need a little bit of patience and not tinged with frustration. It’ll be an interesting concept because obviously we’ve not used it before.

“I think decisions (should be) still solely with the referee and not a committee elsewhere.”

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VAR is no villain

It’ll certainly be an interesting contest tonight. Jeremie Frimpong has already come out and claimed that he isn’t a big fan of VAR (BBC). His reasoning was due to the fact that celebrations are often made to look foolish.

He has a point too. Nothing worse than celebrating a goal only for it to be deemed offside due to a toe being ahead of a defender.

However, other complaints about the system is that it takes too much time to make decisions. In a fixture between Tottenham and Manchester City earlier this month, it took around 2-and-a-half minutes for a penalty decision to be made. That’s unacceptable.

VAR in England

VAR in England (Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Then again, not all leagues have the same complaints as the English system. If we were set to use the same VAR structure used in the Premier League – that would be a concern.

The celebration nonsense only to see a goal taken away is a bit of a concern. However, you would rather the decisions being made during the game were right and fair.

VAR is certainly worth keeping in the game, but it has to be properly used.

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