Ex-Fifa official: Celtic and Rangers told to back major change after Sir Kenny Dalglish reveal
Keith Hackett has urged Celtic and Rangers to back the introduction of “an independent panel” when Video Assistant Refereeing is brought into the Scottish Premiership.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League official suggested ex-players should be on the panel to “educate and influence the process.”
Writing in the Sunday Post (11 September), Sir Kenny Dalglish criticised the current use of VAR in the Premier League.
He suggested Scottish clubs should “welcome with open arms” potential improvements to the current process.
The Scottish Premiership is set to introduce VAR later this season.
When asked by Football Insider what improvements could be made, Hackett said: “I have already said that I would not be averse to having a couple of players on the VAR panel provided that the VAR panel is independent.
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“The argument is, you have specialist assistant referees and we need to have specialist VAR operators.
“Now, everyone is in uproar. That is what I introduced onto the assessing panel under the banner of a separate panel. Match delegates that went into the dressing room prior to the game and post-game were match delegates. They proved very successful.
“There is a number of players who have taken their refereeing qualifications. Steve Harper, the ex-Newcastle United goalkeeper is one. I would have no problem with someone like him being on the VAR panel. There are ex-players who could be on.
“Dalglish is a deep thinker. I think he is getting at the fact that the ex-player could educate as well as influence the process. I do not think it is a daft suggestion.
“What Scotland needs to do is determine that they are going to have an independent panel. It has to be feasible. That is how Fifa operate VAR. They have an independent panel. That is why they are more efficient.”