VAR is back on the agenda again in Scottish football – and Hearts boss Craig Levein thinks the increased TV deal should be used to foot the bill.

From 2020, the new deal will pay 20% to clubs but the Hearts boss thinks that is where the funding should come from before it goes to teams across the country.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 28: Craig Levein, Manager of Heart of Midlothian F.C. looks on prior to the Betfred Scottish League Cup Semi Final between Heart of Midlothian FC and Celtic FC on October 28, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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After countless controversial decisions, managers threw their weight behind introducing VAR at a meeting last week.

The Scottish FA are now looking at how to implement the programme – but insists clubs will have to stump up.

With TV essential for many clubs, Levein’s idea seems like a non-starter.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 22: Heart of Midlothian manager Craig Levein looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Many clubs in Scotland survive on meagre budgets and the increased TV revenue would be better served on facilities and players.

While there’s little doubt something needs to change with referees, there needs to be a better alternative than this.

Hearts have benefited from an anonymous cash donor in recent years and very few clubs in Scotland have that luxury.

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - JANUARY 14: Del Cerro Grande referee, VAR during the La Liga Santander match between Real Sociedad v Espanyol at the Estadio Anoeta on January 14, 2019 in San Sebastian Spain

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There aren’t many mystery benefactors willing to throw cash into the likes of Hamilton or St. Mirren.

The introduction of VAR looks to be inevitable but there’s little chance of clubs backing Levein’s plan.

Perhaps Hearts’ mystery money man could ride to the rescue once again?

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