Celtic-Kyogo footage proves major Scottish Premiership change needed

By Keith Hackett

9th May, 2022 | 3:46pm

Celtic news: Ex-Premier League referee 'amazed' as controversial Kyogo Furuhashi footage analysed

Keith Hackett has called on the Scottish Premiership to introduce goalline technology after Celtic beat Hearts 4-1 on Saturday (7 May).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee hailed the “brilliant” decision to award Celtic a goal for Kyogo Furuhashi’s header that only just crossed the Hearts goalline.

Craig Gordon tried to claw the ball back from behind the line after Kyogo‘s close-range header but the assistant referee was able to spot the whole ball had crossed the whole of the line.

But Hackett admitted he was “really amazed” goalline technology was not in operation and called on the league to prioritise its introduction over VAR.

“The assistant is in a great position,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“I have to say that I’m surprised there is no goalline technology. I just thought it was automatic that there was goalline technology.

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“I’m not a great lover of VAR on goalline technology but Hawkeye goalline technology is 99 per cent accurate.

“This one is a brilliant decision by the referee but there is a level of exposure without Hawkeye and goalline technology.

“The difference is VAR is working on broadcast cameras but goalline technology works on seven cameras which work on 500 frames per second. Camera angles play a part and broadcast camera angles don’t show it quick enough.

“I’m surprised, I’m really amazed that they don’t have that in the Scottish Premiership. I would have gone for that before VAR. They should concentrate on getting goalline technology ahead of VAR.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed Celtic could now smash a £100m record and ‘they’ll be joyous in the boardroom’.