Former English Football Association referee Keith Hackett believes Scottish football should prepare for the use of Video assistant refereeing (VAR) in the near future.

The SFA and SPFL will host Premiership clubs at Hampden today with a view to introducing VAR technology in the top flight and a number of cup games.

Since the announcement, there has been a widespread backlash opposing the idea with many calling for the introduction of goal-line technology before VAR as a tester.

Maintained by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, Hackett is listed amongst the top 100 referees of all time.

Ex-Premier League referee Howard Webb, who was in charge of the introduction of VAR in America’s MLS, will also be in attendance.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I think they’re wise.

“It’s great that Howard is going to be talking to them because he, of all people, has implemented VAR in MLS better than anybody else around the world. There’s open communication, dialogue, weekly reporting, media requirements. They’ve done everything right.

“First thing for the Scottish FA, play that video before every game to show that VAR is in operation. Highlight what VAR means and how it operates.

“For the referees that are going to be VAR operators, recognise that the man in the middle is in charge. When it comes to offside decisions, use that thicker line. I would like it even thicker than it is in the Premier League.

“The other side of it is that I’ve been full of praise this season so far for Scottish referees. I look across and think they’re all relatively mature, well-trained individuals. It’s about getting the balance right, it’s clear and obvious.

“For me, I would introduce it. I think that’s what they’re going to do. That’s why they’ve got Webb there.

“Train the guys right. Even to the extent of running one or two reserve games with VAR. What is important is match practice from the referee’s point of view and the VAR standpoint.

“Despite all the negatives, in England I think we’re getting it right. They’ve now got an opportunity to shortcut it and not have the problems that we’ve had in England. For me, the SFA and the management of the referees seems to be much better than it is in England.”