Outspoken TalkSPORT host puts forward VAR proposal urging Rangers and Celtic to join forces
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Outspoken TalkSPORT host in Rangers and Celtic VAR finance proposal

Outspoken TalkSPORT journalist Jim White has urged Rangers and Celtic to come together and foot the bill for VAR as the debate rages over refereeing standards in Scotland.

The debate surrounding technology in Scottish football has been raging for the last few months in particular as a range of poor officiating costs particularly Rangers big in the title race.

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This was emphasised once again over the weekend as referee Bobby Madden and his team got all the big decisions wrong and Rangers dropped points against Dundee United.

Manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst once again emphasised the need for VAR after the match – as Rangers did in the wake of the 4-2 win over Borussia Dortmund, the victory aided by the technology – and now the pressure is mounting to implement it sooner rather than later.

Scotland is the only country out of the top 15 leagues in European football who do not have VAR and the nation’s game is seriously lagging in this regard.

However, much of the conversation surrounding the technology appears to concern finance with claims VAR will cost each club in the division up to £100k a season [Daily Record].

Jim White urges Rangers & Celtic to foot VAR bill

Speaking on his TalkSPORT radio show [22/02/22], Jim White suggested that because the Old Firm have the bulk of the finances, perhaps they should pay the bulk of any VAR bill.

“The Old Firm will be paying the same as Ross County,” said Jim White.

“There is an argument, why don’t the Old Firm take care of the whole lot? Just to get it implemented if they wanted to get a better league.

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“The move was backed particularly by the Old Firm, by Rangers and Celtic, who believe that Scottish football will be left behind by other leagues if it doesn’t keep up with the implementation of technology if they want it that badly, why don’t they just pay for it?”

Whilst we’re not sure about the whole lot, it’s not exactly a bad idea to have Rangers and Celtic pay more proportionally than the rest of the division.

It could certainly help raise refereeing standards because at the minute, poor officiating in Scotland is costing Rangers dearly.

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