Report: Why Celtic could end up paying more than anyone else for VAR

By David Walton

April 11, 2022

Celtic could end up paying more than anyone else in Scotland for VAR if they continue to reign supreme in the Premiership, the BBC reports.

That’s because the broadcaster claims that VAR in Scotland, should it go ahead, will be paid for via contributions dependent on league position.

If Celtic finish top of the Premiership for example, they would contribute 16.29%, the BBC claims. This is 4.62% higher than what the runners-up will pay.

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The report states that the team that finishes bottom of the Premiership will only have to contribute 5.63%. Meaning payment will range as much as 10.66% up and down the table.

A vote is due to be held on April 19th amongst all clubs in the Premiership down to League 2. 75% of clubs need to be in favour in the Premiership and Championship. 75% must also agree to it in Leagues 1 and 2 combined.

It’s previously been reported that VAR in Scotland would cost clubs around the £100k mark each [Daily Mail]. Combined, that would mean a total bill of around £1.2m. If Celtic are to pay 16.29% of that figure, then it would hit the club to the tune of around £195k in theory.

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VAR set to hit Scottish clubs in the pocket

Hitting clubs in Scotland with a figure of £100k each could cause some uncomfortable financial instability for some. Therefore, you can understand this proposed payment structure. Especially given the lack of prize money actually on offer for Scottish Premiership placements.

This will, of course, have to be paid annually. There will be a running cost for VAR that will need to be paid for season upon season. So it looks as though the SFA have found a way forward they believe everyone will be comfortable with.

Paying just under £200k is a touch frustrating for Celtic given how little others could be contributing towards it. But VAR is something the Hoops are clearly pushing for along with Rangers [Daily Record].

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If clubs are to pay an equal share in this country, then it simply likely wouldn’t be voted through. The reason being that too many just couldn’t afford it on an annual basis. Or they couldn’t justify putting a figure like that aside and would affect their ability to be competitive.

It’s something Scottish football needs to bring itself into the modern game once more. VAR is a major part of football in 2022 and helps referees get more big decisions right than wrong. It’s imperative it comes to Scotland.

It’ll be interesting to see how clubs react to the payment plan and whether it affects their vote next week.

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