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We’d be further clear in the league by now- Lennon’s VAR verdict

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Neil Lennon believes that Celtic would be further clear at the top of the SPFL Premiership if VAR was introduced to Scottish football.

While countries like Malta, Cyprus and Georgia introduced the system this season the SFA are still costing it and will put a proposal to clubs about funding.

A report in the Daily Mail today claimed that it would cost £1m but between 12 teams over 19 home matches that works out at a small price to pay to eliminate honest mistakes.

Celtic have dropped points in only two matches this season with the draw away to Hibs in September highlighting the need for VAR to be introduced.

With the match tied at 1-1 Moritz Bauer and Ryan Christie were both fouled inside the Hibs penalty box in view of referee Kevin Clancy and his assistant. While neither official saw anything wrong it would be an easy decision for VAR to correct.

We had a meeting this time last year and the majority of the managers and the three heads of the refereeing fraternity were all in favour of it. If they bring it in then great, it would please me, we’d be further clear in the league by now. It’s not perfect but in the main they get 80-90% of the decisions right.

VAR will be operational for both of Celtic’s Europa League ties against Copenhagen in February.

At the start of this season the SFA suspended Jozo Simunovic based on a VAR decision from a friendly match in Switzerland.

Clancy is expected to be in charge of next Sunday’s Glasgow derby.

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