After enduring week after week of catastrophic decision-making by Scottish referees, enough is enough. The Scottish Premiership needs to takes steps towards introducing VAR.
Some purists may still disagree with the concept, but doubters of the system’s effectiveness are becoming few and far between.
While yet to come into effect in the Premier League, it is now an accepted part of the game across Europe.
There is no doubt that it’s use at the World Cup saw a dramatic rise in the number of penalties awarded. Yet, it is reported that it contributed to 99.3% of all refereeing decisions being correct.
That is certainly a lot higher than the success rate of referees in Scotland.
Incorrect decisions have been costly
Rangers, alone, have been on the receiving end of some shockers this season. Had VAR been in use, there is no way that Daniel Candeias’ bizarre dismissal at St Mirren would have been upheld.
Likewise, Kyle Lafferty’s goal against Dundee on Sunday, would have stood. Had that happened, Rangers would be joint top of the league as we speak.
Financial considerations understandably play a factor. But, in order to raise the profile of Scottish football, needs must.
Neil Doncaster, chief executive of the SPFL ruled out its introduction at the start of the season. However, surely the sheer volume of incorrect decisions will trigger a rethink.
VAR is not yet perfect, but it considerably reduces the risk of mistakes.
If the powers that be close their eyes to that fact for years to come, Scottish football will become a laughing stock.