Kieran Maguire: Rangers and Celtic pushing for seven-figure deal the rest of SPFL will hate

Rangers and Celtic will be happy to stump up the cash for VAR in the Scottish Premiership – but the cost is too high for the rest of the league.

So says finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about plans to introduce a video review system in the top flight.

The Daily Mail reported on Monday that VAR would cost £100,000 per club over the course of a single season, or £1.2million collectively.

It is claimed that most clubs have baulked at the price but Celtic and Rangers are lobbying for the deal to go through.

Rangers turned over £47.7m for the 2020-21 campaign, while Celtic recorded revenues of £60.8m over the same period.

Maguire claims that it is no surprise to see the Glasgow clubs pushing hard for VAR given their greater financial power.

“You can understand it from the perspective of other clubs,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“Other clubs are operating on total revenue of around about £5m per season.

“That means £100,00 would be two per cent of total revenue going towards VAR, which isn’t insignificant.

“But Celtic and Rangers are generating much more than that, meaning it is less significant.

“For them, VAR could be the difference between coming 2nd and winning the title.”

It is understood that clubs will vote on whether to introduce VAR in the spring.

Reports elsewhere have claimed that the English Football League is also considering a low-cost VAR alternative.

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