St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has backed the potential introduction of VAR in Scottish football – saying he’d “love” to see it in place ahead of the start of next season.
A report earlier claimed it could be given the go-ahead by clubs ‘early next year’ with a view to introducing it next season and Goodwin is fully behind the proposals.
While Goodwin doesn’t expect it to be brought in mid-season, he does hope it comes in to help reduce the number of wrong decisions made by referees across the Scottish leagues.
“I don’t think they’ll be able to bring it in midway through during this season,” Goodwin said.
“But I’d love to see it in for next season, I really would. I think we should aim to get it in as early as that. We’re one of the few countries in the top leagues out there that haven’t got it.
“Hopefully we can find the funding necessary to make it happen. I think it would be a great thing to introduce into our game. I know there was a lot of teething problems early on, and a lot of frustration from supporters because of the delay in being able to celebrate scoring a goal.
“But I think it can only be a positive thing. The referees here and in every other country need support and the best assistance they can get.
“By bringing in VAR I think it takes out a lot of grey areas. There won’t be as many wrong decisions than what we’ve seen in years gone by.
“I support our officials whole-heartedly. They make decisions based on what they see at that given time.
“When you’ve got the hindsight and the benefit of watching something back two or three times from different angles, nine times out of ten you’ll get the right decision.
“That’s all we can ask for and hopefully the powers that be can find a way to bring it in for next season.”
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