UEFA’s deputy chief refereeing officer, Hugh Dallas, has hailed the decision by SPFL clubs to back the introduction of VAR to the Scottish Premiership from next season as Rangers look forward to, hopefully, far more consistent officiating in games.
41 of the 42 clubs voted in favour of introducing VAR – Morton being the only club to oppose it – with trials ongoing at Oriam to bring officials up to standard ahead of it’s implementation.
Dallas hailed Tuesday’s vote as a “great day for the Scottish game” as the SPFL catches up with most other major leagues in the world, telling the Scottish Sun: “I genuinely believe, in years to come, people will look back and say, ‘You used to play games without VAR in Scotland? Seriously?’
“Tuesday was a great day for the Scottish game.
“The clubs have brought us in line with the top nations in Europe and across the world.
“It’s a vital step in the game’s evolution and the SFA and SPFL deserve credit.
“They’ve taken their time and they’ve seen issues in some countries over its implementation.
“Referees have worked hard behind the scenes.
“Exercises have been done at youth levels on one pitch with six cameras, which I heard went very well.
“There have been simulated incidents where referees have been encouraged to look at monitors and the TV operators have to produce the correct images and angles for them.”
VAR can’t come soon enough for Rangers and the SPFL
While clubs have now voted for VAR to come in, the SPFL being the SPFL have to add an element to farce to the whole thing – bringing VAR into use from the middle of next season.
Rangers have long been in favour of VAR and have plenty experience with it now, having regularly used it in the latter stages of the Europa League.
There will no doubt be plenty of whining about VAR when it does finally come into effect in Scotland but there can be no argument that it is anything other than a big step forward for Scottish football.