By Mike Slater

16th Nov, 2021 | 10:10am

Keith Hackett calls for VAR in Scotland after 'weird' Rangers reveal

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett as our exclusive Rangers columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox…

Keith Hackett has called for the SFA and the Scottish Premiership to introduce VAR in the seasons to come.

Rangers star Nathan Patterson was at the heart of it last week, as he fired in his first goal for Scotland against Moldova.

After that, he admitted that it was “weird” and Hackett believes that Scotland needs to catch up with other nations.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, Hackett said, “I think it’s important for the SFA to come into line with other nations.

“It’s a cost, there’s no question about that, it’s a resource problem as to who the VAR people are and you want VAR to announce the decision making progress.

“It’s not an easy process. I think the one saving grace is we’ve seen an improvement this season generally around is it a goal or not, but that process could be speeded up.”

About time.

The only thing stopping this is the simple matter of finances.

Scottish officials are still not full-time and that is a major problem and light-years behind other establishments in football.

It makes no sense given that the champions of the Scottish Premiership are automatically qualifying for the Champions League now.

If that is the case, then surely VAR has to be introduced and it can bring the Scottish game up to the modern day.

Hackett is spot on, it’s surely only a matter of time.

In other Rangers news, the official media partner of the club has shared if the new manager appointment will be made on Tuesday