SFA want Celtic and other clubs to decide if VAR should be introduced

By John Reid

December 20, 2019

The Daily Mail has revealed a story which could have an impact on both Scottish football, and Celtic. They report that Scottish Football Assocation (SFA) chief executive Ian Maxwell has commissioned a study into introducing VAR into Scottish football.

The report goes on to suggest that the chairmen of the clubs will be asked of they will be willing to pay over £1 million that it will take to introduce the system into Scottish football.

Maxwell has revealed that the system could perhaps be introduced in time for the later stages of the Scottish Cup this season. But he explained that the clubs themselves will need to make the decision for the league.

“Do they want it or not?”

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“We could make a decision on the Scottish Cup and decide ‘we will do it for the semi-finals and final. We could make that call and that’s fine. But it’s not our decision to make for the SPFL – it’s a question for the clubs themselves. Do they want it or do they not?”

If VAR was introduced into Scottish football it would make a big difference to Scottish football. It would see Scotland come into line with England, who introduced the system at the start of this season.

Does that mean referring controversies would stop altogether? Probably not. VAR has been heavily criticised at times by managers in England for some decisions that have been made.

Hoops will soon get first experience of VAR


Celtic will get their first experience of VAR when the Hoops take on Copenhagen in the last 32 of the Europa League. It will be interesting to see how that impacts on the game.

If it slows down the game and irritates the fans, then that could influence how the Celtic board and the club feel about the system. It will be interesting to see what conclusion the SPFL clubs come to after reading Maxwell’s study. There could be a huge change coming to Scottish football in the next year, but only time will tell.