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Twenty-six decisions since the start of the Premiership season have been deemed incorrect by the Scottish FA’s VAR independent review panel.

The tally, based on incidents requested by the panel or submitted for consideration, is a rise of 10 since February’s last meeting of the group made up of former players, managers and coaches, guided by experts on the laws of the game.

To date this season, there have been 1181 VAR reviews conducted in the Scottish top-flight.

While the majority are silent checks of on-field incidents, 76 have resulted in on-field reviews (0.4 on-field reviews per match) while another 36 have been factual overturns (ie offside, inside/outside penalty area).

A rate of 90.3% correct decisions made by on-field officials rose to 97.8% thanks to those VAR interventions.

Not among the incidents included was one where Hibernian claimed the Scottish FA agreed an error had been made.

The governing body later disputed that assertion, made after Hibs were not awarded a penalty after Aberdeen’s Nicky Devlin handled in February’s 2-2 draw.

Asked about VAR following the publication of the latest figures, Kilmarnock manager Derek McInnes said: “Twenty-six from the start of the season? I’m sure there was more than that over one weekend one time.

“We’re not the only country that has issues with it. It was quite refreshing at the weekend – we went through most of the game without any real bone of contention.

“I think we highlight VAR too much, but I think it’s incumbent the people working it and operating it to try to make it as slick and as good as possible and I think we’ve still got a bit to go with that.”

Dundee counterpart Tony Docherty said he has “always been an advocate” of tools to improve the standard of officiating.

“It has taken us a bit of time to get used to it,” he said. “If there is progression there then obviously I would encourage that.”

The 10 incorrect decisions shared with Premiership clubs on Wednesday were:

Rangers 2-1 Aberdeen (6/02/24): VAR intervention was correct, but final outcome should have been yellow card to Rangers’ Dujon Sterling. Referee retained his on-field decision of a red card.

St Mirren 2-0 Dundee (7/02/24): VAR intervention was correct, but final outcome should have been yellow card to St Mirren’s James Bolton. Referee retained his on-field decision of a red card.

Ross County 1-1 St Mirren (27/2/24): VAR should have recommended an on-field review. Final outcome should have been penalty awarded against Ross County for handball.

Hearts 1-1 Hibernian (28/2/24): VAR intervention correct, but penalty decision, which led to Hearts’ equaliser, should have been overturned – no foul and no penalty should have been awarded.

Kilmarnock 1-2 Rangers (28/2/24): VAR should have recommended an on-field review. Final outcome should have been penalty decision, which led to Kilmarnock opening the scoring, overturned – no handball offence against Rangers.

Hearts 2-0 Celtic (3/3/24): VAR should have recommended an on-field review. Penalty decision should have been overturned – no foul and no penalty should have been awarded to Celtic.

Hearts 2-0 Celtic (3/3/24): On-field decision correct, no penalty to Hearts. Handball should not have been awarded for spot-kick that led to opening goal.

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen (16/04/24): VAR should have recommended an on-field review. Penalty to Motherwell should have been awarded for handball.

Hibernian 1-2 St Johnstone (6/4/24): VAR should have recommended an on-field review. Penalty should have been awarded to Hibs for foul by St Johnstone goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov.

St Mirren 1-2 Hearts (6/4/24): VAR intervention correct, but penalty should have been awarded to St Mirren for a foul on Conor McMenamin by Aidan Denholm.

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