Report: Celtic set for VAR introduction as 41 clubs vote in favour, 1 club against it

By David Walton

April 19, 2022

STV journalist Raman Bhardwaj has reported on Twitter that VAR has been approved by the SPFL clubs this afternoon.

Bhardwaj states that as many as 41 clubs voted in favour of it with 1 against. It hasn’t been mentioned who that particular club was.

For the video technology to be implemented, 75% of Premiership and Championship clubs needed to be for it. In addition to that, 75% of Leagues One and Two clubs combined had to be of the same mindset.

So regardless of who has voted against, it won’t matter. The vote looks to have been passed and Celtic will have VAR implemented at Parkhead in the near future.

Sky Sports meanwhile have reported that VAR will be implemented after the World Cup in Qatar at the end of 2022. However, this would leave the Premiership having already played half a season without it.

Ange Postecoglou has already voiced his approval of the system, which will hopefully be a major boost when it comes to referees’ decision-making [The Scotsman].

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Celtic set for VAR introduction as Scottish football prepares for major shift

So it looks as though we finally have VAR being accepted into Scottish football. This is hardly a surprise given the amount of voices calling for it throughout the season. It was never going to be something that was widely rejected.

Now, there will be arguments over when to actually implement it. Bringing it in half-way through a season seems a touch unfair. That will likely open up a can of worms on decisions that were missed in the first half of the campaign. It really does affect the integrity of the competition.

We then have to hope that those actually making the decisions understand the laws of the game and act accordingly. Here’s hoping, but judging by how Sunday’s Glasgow derby was refereed? I won’t hold my breath.

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In terms of payment, Celtic will likely pay the highest contribution of anyone in Scotland. This will be the case if we finish first in the Premiership this season. That simply comes down to the fact pay is based on a sliding scale from top to bottom.

No doubt there will be plenty of opinions and discussion surrounding this between now and its induction. We can only hope the transition is as smooth as possible. We’ve already seen the teething problems that have occurred down south when it comes to video technology.

But all that said, there’s no denying it had to be brought in.

In other news, Chris Sutton hammers Hibernian for sacking former Celtic teammate Shaun Maloney