In February of next year, Celtic and the other clubs of the SPFL will take a step beyond the era of Honest Mistakes. Or you’d hope that they do.
With the clubs in this league – indeed, with our own club, made up of directors pushing the Victim Lie – you just never know.
But it looks promising at the moment. VAR is being voted on. It must surely pass.
A lot of our fans don’t feel that VAR will have much effect. I think it will definitely have an effect, and a positive one.
There is no way that Beaton would have given that decision at the weekend if he thought he’d have to watch it ten times and then try to explain why he still thought it was a penalty. We won’t tame this issue entirely, but we’ll put a hurt on those who would corrupt the sport in one way or another.
We’ll cut some of this out.
Celtic should be leading the way on this. Ibrox claims to want it.
The other clubs have spent the last month or so moaning about decisions going against them; VAR would have cleared some of those issues up one way or the other so really, I’ll be amazed if there’s a single one of them who doesn’t vote in favour of this proposal.
It’s a step forward. One step. A baby step even.
But progress is better than none, and this can only do the game in Scotland some good. Let’s face it, the time for it has come. They use it now in so many leagues that ours risks looking ever more backward unless it’s adopted.
On top of that, too many people would be asking the question; “why not? What do these people have to fear from a little verification technology?”
Which has an answer, of course, but not one that anyone wants to offer up in defence.