Rangers captain James Tavernier claims that if the Australian A-League can have VAR, then there is no reason why Scottish football can’t adopt the system to help their referees.
The Aussie top flight uses a Video Assistant Referee but doesn’t have anywhere near the prestige or interest that its Scottish equivalent does.
Scotland is the only nation in the top 15 UEFA ranked countries yet to adopt the technology and this season more than any other the refereeing shortcomings have been highlighted as a result.
A meeting regarding VAR was said to have taken place this week but once again Scottish football was no step closer to implementing what the global game began adopting years ago.
Speaking after yet more poor decision-making cost Rangers in the 2-2 draw with Motherwell, on top of VAR James Tavernier also claims referees should be full-time in Scotland.
“I definitely think so. First and foremost our refs should be full time,” said Tavernier [Rangers].
“If the Australian league has VAR then our league should have VAR.
“It’s something that needs done. It’ll help the game, it’ll help officials.
“Is it going to happen? We’ll have to wait and see but it’s something that would help our league.”
James Tavernier wants VAR as Graham Alexander hisses back at Rangers
Motherwell manager Graham Alexander has also been talking about the technology as he directly responds to the comments of Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Van Bronckhorst was upset with one of two Rangers disallowed goals v the Steelmen and even claimed Liam Shaw was offside for Motherwell’s equaliser.
Biting back at the Dutchman, Alexander claimed that Motherwell would’ve won two encounters with Rangers this season had the technology been in place.
“I thought the decisions I saw on TV were right,” said Alexander [Football Scotland].
“Liam was offside about 35 seconds before we actually scored the equaliser.
“They had possession of the ball three times before that. It went out of the box, back in and it was the third phase after that we scored.
“Liam looked offside from the pass but 35 seconds before the goal I don’t think we are getting into that territory – VAR is about the immediate lead up to goals.
“Liam being offside didn’t have any significant part to play in the goal.
“If we had VAR in the last year we’d already have beaten them twice. That’s the reality.”
Ok Graham, thanks for your wonderful insight and productive commentary.
Comments such as these are exactly why Scottish football continues to be held back by the diddy clubs that prop it up and we echo those James Tavernier calls for VAR.
Speaking of the diddy nature of Scottish football, what about this Old Firm derby in Australia then?