Neil Lennon has his say on possible VAR introduction to Scottish game

By John Reid

December 20, 2019

It looks as if VAR could be on the way to Scottish football, but only if the clubs are willing to fund it. The Daily Mail reported that Scottish Football Association chief executive Ian Maxwell has commissioned a study to ask clubs if they will be willing to introduce VAR to the game in Scotland.

The report claims Maxwell is hoping to have a vote on the decision to introduce VAR by April. Clubs can then decide if they want the system to be introduced in Scotland.

Now Neil Lennon has had his say on the matter. He is in favour of the introduction of the technology.

“We would be further clear”

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“If they bring it in then great. It would please me, cos we would be further clear in the league by now. It’s not perfect, but in the main, they 80%-90% of the decisions right. It would help and would benefit the game going forward” Lennon said, as quoted by a video on Sky Sports Scotland’s Twitter account.

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Lennon’s comments that Celtic would be further ahead in the league if VAR was introduced in Scotland is certainly interesting. That will be a reference to the 1-1 draw with Hibs earlier in the season. In that game it looked like the Hoops were denied two stonewall penalties.

Only time will tell if system is introduced

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It remains to be seen though if VAR will be in Scottish football next season. You imagine that some clubs won’t want to pay for the introduction of the system. They might not be able to afford to help to pay for VAR.

Still, the fact that Neil Lennon and therefore Celtic are in favour of VAR might help sway some other clubs who will have to make the decision.

It will be interesting to see if Lennon is still in favour of VAR after Celtic face it for the first time in the Europa League against Copenhagen. You would imagine that he will be even if a decision goes against Celtic.