The two leagues I spend most of my time commentating on for BT Sport are the Ladbrokes Premiership and the German Bundesliga.

I think we have a lot to learn from them, a statement that was only underlined over a controversial weekend.

Away from footballing ability, it has to be said the Germans are well ahead of the curve when it comes to using video technology in refereeing, something that would have come in handy at Fir Park and McDiarmid Park over the last few days.

At most Bundesliga games this season there have been offline tests going on in a big tv centre in Cologne of VAR, or Video Assistant Referees, the same system SFA refs chief John Fleming spoke about yesterday in SportTimes.

It basically consists of referees not on duty simulating the VAR system and acting in areas where the set up would come into play.

A lot of people don’t know a lot about it. There are four specific areas where it would be called upon: Anything around the goal, around the award of a penalty (Thommo), a straight red card and mistaken identity.

It will be in German football for every single game next season, they don’t anticipate any restrictions from the International Football Association Board. They have special dispensation as a pilot country to do it while others will have to wait for IFAB to give it the green light.

Germany really are the best example. Everything can be decided upon within 10 to 40 seconds. Of 44 mistakes in the trial, 33 could have been corrected.

The Craig Thomson incident from Sunday is a very good example. Nobody could claim it was a penalty for Celtic against St Johnstone from the TV view. There are countless examples where this will help.

In Scotland it’s different. We don’t have every game covered like Germany, but Scotland should be at the forefront of this. We want to help referees and correct mistakes that are made on the pitch. If a fan sitting in the stand at Fir Park can see it on his phone within a matter of seconds, then why not the referee?

We may look back on that game in Perth as the tipping point.

Finance is a massive problem. Scotland could have jumped in during the initial testing period to maybe volunteer as it would have shone a light on our football, but there would have been reasons not to do it.

At the moment we only have a maximum of two games to covered in Scotland on the basis you need. The VAR system needs lots of camera angles to work.

You could say it is helping the richer football countries, but so be it. If it works and Germany proves its worth then that sends out a message.

Obviously goal-line technology hasn't been introduced in Scotland due to cost, but there is much more value in this system. I cover hundreds of games a year and GLT is only worth its weight in gold a couple of times a season. VAR would apply to most games.

It would be confined to big decisions, it’s not just any old foul. The key decisions we all talk about as media or fans is being addressed. People say it would slow the game down but the evidence doesn’t show that.

The referee has the chance to go look at it himself, he retains control of the game.

It won’t take all the controversy away, but anything we can do to help them get it right is positive. It’s not about pointing the finger at them, which is something I think we do too much anyway.

The standard of refereeing here is way overblown. None of us could do their jobs better and it’s a thankless task. I watch football in different countries, and in Germany most of their refs have other professions, too. It’s not just us.

However, that doesn't mean we shouldn't welcome this with open arms