Report: What Celtic and co expect to happen with today's VAR vote

By David Walton

April 19, 2022

Celtic and co are quietly optimistic that today’s VAR vote will pass, according to the Daily Record.

The report states that the Scottish Premiership clubs believe the video technology, which will be voted on at 11am this morning, will indeed be accepted into the top flight for the end of 2022.

In order for that to happen, 75% of Premiership clubs will need to accept it. They will then need to be backed by 75% of Championship clubs and 75% of Leagues One and Two clubs combined. Effectively, that means 9 Premiership clubs, 8 Championship clubs, and 15 sides from the bottom two tiers.

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If accepted, VAR would come into play after the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year. That effectively means that around half of the 2022/23 campaign would be played without it.

It could also be the case that Celtic will pay more than anyone else in the country for the system. Should we win the league championship, the Hoops will have to fork out 16.29% of the overall bill. This is 4.62% more than second spot [BBC].

Ange Postecoglou has been on record as being in support of VAR in the past [The Scotsman].

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Celtic and Scottish Football look ready to bring VAR into the country

It looks as though there’s a real appetite for VAR to come in. You can see why when you look at the standard of refereeing in Scottish football.

However, it also comes with a real concern in that it’s those same referees that will be making decisions regardless. It will still be the likes of Willie Collum and Bobby Madden who will have the final say on key incidents. Hardly something that fills you with optimism.

How they utilise it when it is put in place will be just as important as it coming in altogether. There isn’t a lot of faith in Scottish football’s referees these days. There’s far too much inconsistency and a tendency not to follow the actual rules of the game. Just look at Madden’s attempt to keep as many players on the pitch as possible in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final between Celtic and Rangers.

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Even so, that doesn’t mean VAR shouldn’t be brought in. It’s still a necessity that Scottish football brings itself up to the standards of the modern game.

VAR is being used not only across Europe, but across world football. Even leagues with absolutely no patch on the Scottish Premiership have already brought the system into place.

So hopefully it does get voted through this morning by the clubs. After that’s happened, we can then focus on the potential issues that will arise with it.

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