Rangers and Celtic Title Race: The VAR Dilemma

As the Scottish Premiership title race heats up, both Rangers and Celtic are back in contention with influential players returning from injury. However, there’s one factor that has me concerned: VAR.

The Business End of the Season

We’re witnessing one of the fiercest title battles in years, and it’s exhilarating. Two strong teams—Rangers and Celtic—are going head-to-head to determine who truly deserves the championship. The final months of the Premiership season promise intense clashes and memorable moments.

Scottish football match

The VAR Conundrum

But lurking in the shadows is VAR (Video Assistant Referee). I worry that a needless decision from the video assistants could sway the title race. Imagine a dodgy red card or a crazy handball call becoming the post-match talking point. We don’t want that. We want football discussions centered on goals, tactics, and individual performances.

VAR’s Imperfections

VAR, though here to stay, needs improvement. It often interferes unnecessarily, disrupting the flow of the game. Some decisions this season have baffled me—handballs, red cards, and lengthy delays. In contrast, Championship matches without VAR flow better and are more enjoyable to watch.

A Call for Clarity

Scottish refereeing is due for change, with Crawford Allan stepping down. Let’s redefine VAR’s role: clear and obvious errors only. Refs should focus on their on-field duties, and VAR should refrain from unnecessary involvement. The handball rule also needs clarification.

By Ishan Crawford

Prior to the position, Ishan was senior vice president, strategy & development for Cumbernauld-media Company since April 2013. He joined the Company in 2004 and has served in several corporate developments, business development and strategic planning roles for three chief executives. During that time, he helped transform the Company from a traditional U.S. media conglomerate into a global digital subscription service, unified by the journalism and brand of Cumbernauld-media.

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