Dundee’s Jim McIntyre backs full-time refs and VAR

Dundee manager Jim McIntyre has backed calls for full-time referees and VAR (video assistant referee) to be introduced to Scottish football ahead of the summit between Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell and all Scottish Premiership managers.

Managers from the top division in Scotland will meet the SFA chief executive on Thursday evening at McDiarmid Park in a bid to ease tensions which have arisen because of a number of controversial decisions by Scotland’s referees this season.

The Dundee manager has confirmed that he will attend and believes that it will allow mangers to air their concerns.

“I will be there, and it is important,” he said.

“I think it is always good to have communication with the referees.

“You can air a few things that you feel have maybe went against you and see what the process of the decision was behind, because nearly every club will have been in an appeal process this year and you would like to know sometimes how that decision has been made.”

McIntyre has also revealed that he is fully behind increasing calls for full-time officials and VAR to be introduced to the Scottish Premiership to help referees.

“I think the first thing I would say is that all the managers have respect for the referees and realise how difficult a job it is,” he said.

“They get a split second to make a decision.

“I do agree that I think full-time referees would help them.

“The VAR system is huge for me as well.

“With all the other countries putting that forward I think we have got to be following suit.

“I recognise that it is a lot of money, but we are playing in a very good league at the top level in our country and we have got to make sure we have it.”

Meanwhile, Dundee manager Jim McIntyre has revealed that he would prefer if Glen Kamara’s agreed move to Rangers went through now rather than at the end of the season.

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