SFA told to hire Barkey before finalising landmark Celtic/Rangers change 'ASAP' - Hackett
It is inevitable Celtic and Rangers games will have VAR and the SFA should push through the change “as soon as possible”.
That is the view of ex-FIFA and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the SFA and SPFL’s meeting to discuss the introduction of VAR.
Howard Webb told Sky Sports on Friday (October 8) Scottish Premiership clubs were “broadly supportive” of the technology.
Webb was in attendance after he helped introduce VAR in MLS.
“Scotland were influenced by what they have seen in relation to the English Premier League and were slightly concerned because they’d seen two years of our take,” Hackett told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“We’ve also got to recognise a potential resource problem. Small countries have got a limited number of officials who are capable of being VARs and not to overtax them in terms of the number of games they do in terms of fatigue. We’ve seen that down here, a referee is refereeing one day and then is the VAR the next.
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“The important thing is this, they should look to introduce it as soon as possible within the cup competitions. Once they get to the professional level in the cup competitions, apply it so the VAR and the whole system can get a whole deal of practice in using it.
“I’d even consider perhaps bringing back some ex-referees into the VAR role to try and help and accelerate the process.
“I’m delighted that’s the way they are going to go because it’s the right move. Scotland’s international referees that are held highly in Europe and around the world need to be operating VAR in their own country.
“They’ve brought the right guy in. Howard Webb has great experience with VAR. If they get a guy called Greg Barkey who runs VAR for MLS, he is probably the best guy, from a practical point of view, to educate and trial with the Scottish referees. I would suggest they do that because training off the pitch is so important.”