David Edgar reacts as VAR set to be introduced in Scottish Premiership
David Edgar has reacted after it was confirmed today that VAR will be implemented in the Scottish Premiership later this year, much to the delight of the Rangers fans.
According to The Athletic, all 42 clubs in the professional leagues met on Tuesday to decide whether to implement the system in Scotland, following the steps of other countries, including England.
Only one club has voted against the proposal. It will now be implemented in the second half of next season when the SPFL resumes in December after the World Cup.
Writing on the Heart and Hand Podcast’s official Twitter account, the club’s official media partner, Edgar has shared his reaction to the news initially relayed by journalist Raman Bhardwaj. He wrote: “Common sense in Scottish football! My God, these truly are the days.”
Finally, common sense has prevailed.
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Managers in the Scottish league have repeatedly called for VAR to be introduced. The Gers boss, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, has been particularly vocal about it.
Rangers have benefitted from several crucial VAR decisions in Europe this season. However, the Gers were at the receiving end of some controversial refereeing decisions so far in the Scottish Premiership.
The technology will come at a cost of around £1.2 million per season and it will be installed at all the 12 grounds in the country.
Having said that, the VAR is far from perfect. In the Premier League, there have been some controversial VAR decisions that have been heavily debated.
It is still better to take the help of technology rather than not having one. Human errors are part of the game, but the referees should get a chance to revisit crucial incidents from the match, and make the right call accordingly.
This is the first step in the right direction. The standard of referring this season hasn’t been up to the mark, and the implementation of the VAR could change that.
It’s really good to see that nearly every club has voted for a change in the system.
In other Rangers news, Brian Laudrup is convinced Giovanni van Bronckhorst is the right man to rebuild the club in the summer.