Report: The fee Celtic are likely to pay for VAR; SPFL in new plan to lower costs
The Daily Mail has reported the fee Celtic are in line to pay for VAR if they win the title this season [print edition, 12/04, page 67].
The newspaper has claimed that the Hoops will, as things stand, need to foot a bill of £195,751 if they win the title and the vote to bring VAR into Scottish football is passed next week.
This backs up the BBC report that Scottish clubs have been informed their fee is dependent on their league position. The Daily Mail claims that those that finish 11th and 12th in the Premiership would have to pay £67,594 each.
However, the Mail also states that the SPFL currently have a plan to lower costs further. This would be in the form of a sponsor with the league body promising clubs that they will engage with the SFA to try and find a solution.
The report also claims that VAR could be in place for the Scottish Cup next season too. League chiefs are said to be increasingly confident that clubs are set to vote for the introduction of video technology next Tuesday.
75% of Premiership clubs, Championship clubs, and Leagues 1 and 2 clubs combined is needed in order for the technology to come into play after the winter break.
VAR looking more and more likely as details of figures begin to come out
There’s an inevitability about VAR coming into Scottish football at this rate. It looks as though the SPFL has done all it can to try and ensure costs are met fairly across the board.
This doesn’t particularly frustrate me if Celtic are having to pay more than anyone else. You can understand it based on the difference in prize money for league positions. Not to mention the fact we’ll bank UCL money this year if we secure the title.
The money has to come from somewhere, and it’s clear many clubs can’t afford to pay over £100k to bring it into play. With Celtic being one of the clubs itching for VAR to come into the Scottish game in any case, you can understand why we’ll have to pay a bit more.
Granted, the above figure of £195,751 isn’t the official final total. That’s just what it currently stands at. If the SPFL manage to get a sponsor on board then it remains to be seen how much that figure is slashed by.
Just under £200k does feel a touch steep and is obviously a figure Celtic would like to avoid paying this summer. But if it’s going to be necessary to bring VAR into Scotland then it’s worth paying.
It’s about time we bring Scottish football into the modern footballing world once more. VAR represents that, regardless of how controversial it can be.