Rangers boost as stance of Premiership clubs towards VAR revealed
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Rangers boost as stance of Premiership clubs towards VAR revealed

In a big boost for Rangers, the general stance of Premiership clubs towards VAR is said to be positive.

Representatives from all 12 top-flight clubs were present at Hampden Park on Friday for a meeting on the topic which was co-hosted by the SFA and SPFL.

SFA chief Ian Maxwell has already spoken of his desire to bring in VAR. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

VAR has been used for some time now in many leagues across Europe, including the Premier League, and former referee Howard Webb was in Glasgow to explain to clubs how the system would work in Scotland.

The Scottish Senior Referees’ Association have already backed its introduction and the SFA have committed to covering the cost of training up officials, while matchday operational costs would be shared by Premiership clubs.

After the meeting was described as ‘productive and positive’ in an SFA statement, SPFL chief Neil Doncaster provided more information.

“We were keen to hear the views of cinch Premiership clubs, who were overwhelmingly positive about the benefits of introducing VAR in Scottish football,” he said [Scottishfa.co.uk].

“We will now continue that dialogue and working up the detail of a formal proposal, with a view to putting forward a resolution that will enable VAR to be introduced as soon as is practicably possible in the cinch Premiership.

“This will not be an overnight process, bearing in mind the lengthy training and set-up that will be required.  Any such proposal would ensure that none of the costs of implementing VAR in the cinch Premiership would be borne by other SPFL clubs.”

Other Premiership clubs clearly have a similar stance to Rangers on VAR. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Rangers boost as other Premiership clubs in favour of VAR

Rangers have made their feelings about VAR very clear in the past, even releasing an official statement in support of the introduction of the technology in December 2019 after several obvious errors from officials had proven costly in league and cup competitions.

The stance of other clubs was less certain, though, especially given that the system will bring extra matchday costs.

However, there appears to be a general understanding across the league that VAR is required, making it more a question of when rather than if we see it used in Premiership matches.

Once it’s finally introduced, there should be fewer controversial incidents in the Scottish game…

In other news, a powerful Rangers-linked striker is reportedly set to complete a £3m transfer elsewhere.