By Keith Hackett

3rd Aug, 2022 | 7:13pm

Ex-Fifa official issues 'disaster' claim as VAR accused of anti-Celtic and Rangers bias

VAR will not affect Celtic and Rangers differently to other Scottish Premiership clubs, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee admitted it will cause “controversy” and the Scottish FA cannot follow England’s lead where VAR has been a “disaster”.

Former referee Steve Conroy told the Get Involved Referee Podcast with OLBG last week (29 July) that the technology will adversely affect Celtic and Rangers.

He also accused the Scottish FA of doing a “half-arsed” by introducing VAR midway through the season after the break for the World Cup.

“He’s not a referee with a great reputation in the game but he’s allowed the comment,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“My view is the Scottish FA bringing it in after the World Cup will enable the appropriate training and development of match officials to take place.

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“They’ve said they are going to use it just not in the public domain. It’s going to be used for on-the-job training.

“I think the Scottish FA have got it right, they are ensuring they are not going to follow the route of England where it has been a disaster due to a lack of training and development.

“With how it affects the club, how can you make that judgement? The idea of VAR is to simply make improved judgements.

“While everyone is often critical of referees in Scotland, I’m someone who criticises referees and have been less critical of referees in Scotland because I think they generally give good performances.

“With the way the Scottish FA are approaching it, when it starts after the World Cup, it’s going to have an impact and cause controversy as people get used to it.

“It’s different. It delays goal celebrations and there will be debates about offsides, we have that debate now.

“What VAR will hopefully bring is an improvement and clarification on the big decisions around those big calls. It’s the right move to bring it in and training and openness is the key.”

In other news, Rangers have been told to “look at Celtic” as a deal for the “new Alfredo Morelos” is mooted.