VAR dominates Rangers Livi as Ibrox side lose 3 goals

VAR dominates Rangers Livi as Ibrox side lose 3 goals
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 21: The VAR monitor is seen prior to the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Hibernian FC and St. Johnstone FC at on October 21, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers’ win v Livingston at the Tony Macaroni was most definitely overshadowed by a significant amount of VAR, and while there’s definitely a bit of reaction to that, and the process absolutely needs refining, it is still getting more right than it gets wrong.

Rangers lost two goals – an offside against Dessers which cost Goldson a goal, and an alleged foul by Sima which cost McCausland one.

However, in our favour, McCausland’s dive was adjudged a legitimate foul and a penalty was awarded thanks to VAR (which Tav missed), while a handball later, which no one noticed, was also nabbed by the tech giving Rangers a second penalty.

VAR is a very good tool, but the use of it is clearly a long way off being polished. There is no coincidence that in European competitions, namely the Europa League and the Champions League, almost every use of VAR is reasonably quick and the outcome correct.

Why? Because the standard of refereeing and tech at that level is the best – the use is the smartest and most efficient and generally the outcome bang on.

Scotland, however, as we know, is absolutely miles behind the top table of European football, and our referees are absolutely terrible – mainly because they’re still part time after all these years. How can you expect Nick Walsh, Steven McLean and others to be at the level of Champions League refs when they get paid about £500 for an SPL match and then go home to their accountancy day job?

And therefore, Scottish use of VAR is going to be miles behind as well.

England? Yes, their refs are professional and there was a farce last week with Spurs Chelsea and ridiculous decision-making time, but the pressure at that level is huge and these kinds of matches are not that common. After the Liverpool Spurs chaos of some weeks back with a massive game-changing mistake, they’re basically taking a bit more care now.

In Scotland? They’re just rubbish, and trying to use tech to get the right answer when they’re really not qualified at the top levels to cope with it.

It’s not the tech, it’s the refs. Our refs are bad, and until the day Scottish football funds full-time referees, it won’t get much better.

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