Celtic and Rangers face fundamental change, ex-Fifa referee has concerns

By Keith Hackett

6th Dec, 2021 | 8:21pm

Ex-Fifa official has major 'concerns' as fundamental Celtic and Rangers change pushed through

Keith Hackett has admitted he would have “concerns” if Celtic and Rangers’ Scottish Premiership games after the World Cup next year had VAR.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee suggested the SFA and SPFL are “coming under pressure” to rush through the introduction of the technology.

BBC Sport reported last Saturday (4 December) VAR could be in place for when the league returns after a break for the Qatar World Cup next December.

The 42 senior clubs will vote on its introduction to the Premiership at a general meeting in February.

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst told club media last week (3 December) he was all for its introduction next season.

“I’d be concerned by the proposal on the basis that it really ought to be introduced at the start of a season,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“They’re coming under pressure. The players presumably want VAR.

“What is really important is they do the right level of training and give these guys up to speed and they invest in the education.

“In fairness, they’ve already had Howard Webb across but I feel this needs some practical training as well as theory in terms of presentations.

“There needs to be a series of workshops. If I was Scotland I’d bring in Gregg Barkey, he’s the guy in charge of VAR in the MLS and is probably the most experienced VAR manager in the world.

“If they don’t they’ll face the same sort of wrath as they have in the English Premier League who tried to do things differently.”

In other news, Celtic have been told to sign a player Rangers ‘keep being linked with’ after a rave review.