In case you’ve somehow missed the news, VAR will be making its debut at Celtic Park this Thursday night.
Neil Lennon’s men take on Danish champions Copenhagen on Europa League duty, and the new technological craze will be present at Paradise for the very first time.
After an interesting Celtic debut last week, it will once again be used as we aim to get the better of Stale Solbakken’s side and earn our place in the last 16 of the competition.
And while it’s not quite in place yet, work is clearly ongoing in the background as a Wednesday tweet goes to prove.
Celtic Park Stadium Manager Robin Buchanan shared a behind the scenes image of the infamous VAR monitor as it gets set to take the bow at the finest stadium in European football.
Something New ? pic.twitter.com/kjxOrhKENj
— Robin Buchanan (@rbuchanan1964) February 26, 2020
What did we make of VAR’s competitive Celtic debut?
The system was barely used during our 1-1 draw in the Danish capital last week.
However, it was called into action for one potentially major moment in the tie.
It awarded the Danes a penalty after Ryan Christie was adjudged to have handled the ball following a corner.
Thankfully Fraser Forster saved Jens Stage’s penalty, via the post, and we earned a slight advantage ahead of the second leg.
VAR is pretty bizarre when your own team is involved, truth be told. This writer only half celebrated Odsonne Edouard’s goal, due to a niggling fear that he had been offside. Thankfully he wasn’t.
But it does change the way you view the game, even if only a little.
There’s always a fear that something sporadic may be about to happen, even if UEFA’s model for the technology is substantially better than the English Premier League’s.
When VAR is around, drama is never very far away. Whether we get some this Thursday under the Paradise lights remains to be seen.