Rangers ready for VAR debut this weekend, but it barely even matters

Rangers ready for VAR debut this weekend, but it barely even matters
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: A general view inside the stadium of the LED Screen indicating that the goal scored by Kai Havertz of Chelsea (not pictured) is being reviewed by VAR for a potential handball during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on March 08, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Glyn Kirk - Pool/Getty Images)

It’s almost become a non-event such are Rangers’ dire performances recently that fans aren’t even complaining at refs or bad calls any more, but nevertheless VAR makes its debut this weekend, a week even earlier than the original 29th proposed seven days ago.

Yes indeed, bad referee calls are to be a thing of the past, we hope, as the technology finally makes its ridiculously-belated start to life in Scottish football and Ibrox will host it for the first time in the league as the Famous entertain Livingston.

Because, of course, let’s not forget, Ibrox remains the first (and only) Scottish stadium to have ever seen VAR in action before, with Rangers’ journey in the UEL last season seeing the system in place throughout.

But league-wise this is brand new.

Does it stop bad calls? No – we’ve seen globally the outrage when a VAR call is ‘wrong’, but it does reduce them a lot.

And Rangers have been the victim more times than we can remember of bad refereeing calls so we certainly hope this tech helps us in the league – but the blunt truth is until we get our own house in order, and sort the diabolical form not to mention everything else, having the occasional VAR correction isn’t going to change anything.

And that’s why Rangers fans have generally not really discussed it lately – because our problems are internal, with shocking form, bizarre management, unfit board, you name it.

But hey, we suppose it’s one less (tiny) thing to worry about.

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