Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack has stated that he doesn’t believe any club in Scotland can survive a long-term postponement of football, including Celtic.
Football in Scotland has been suspended since March 13th, with no return date in sight. Prime Minister Boris Johnson effectively put in place a lockdown on the UK last night too, meaning that people are to only leave their homes for a handful of essential reasons (BBC).
The lack of action on the field has led to Aberdeen facing £5million of outgoings with no income coming into the club. That’s due to the fact there may be no football until July according to Cormack, with the Dons running at a loss of £1.2m per month (BBC).
And, speaking in comments published by the BBC, the Dons figure doesn’t believe any club in Scotland can survive six-nine months of the status quo.
“I don’t believe there is any club in Scotland – and I mean any club in Scotland – that can survive six-to-nine months of this. And I don’t wish to be scaremongering but we are budgeting for this to be fully three-to-six months.
“It’s important we all waken up. I’ve had calls, emails, texts from the great and good of Scottish football thanking me for putting this out.
“What we are doing as a club is collaborating – manager Derek McInnes, the players, myself, captain Joe Lewis, the off-field team – we are all working on this together and we as a team will come up with a solution that ensures the survival of Aberdeen Football Club.”
Celtic should have the resources to see this period through
There’s no denying that Celtic’s outgoings will be high considering player wages and general operating costs throughout the club.
However, the Hoops should be in a sound financial position to see this current period of concern through. Considering we have cash in the bank from player sales, sponsorship contracts, and Europe from recent years, there’s absolutely no excuse for Celtic not to be able to see this through until the summer.
We wouldn’t pretend to be privy to Celtic’s financial figures. But we should be thankful that there haven’t been any statements of concern from the club regarding any difficulties. Nor should we expect any.
Cormack may have knowledge of how to run a football club. What he doesn’t have, however, is access to how much money Celtic rake in outside of matchday revenue. The Hoops will have their fingers in many pies.
As for the football itself, it’s starting to look like a more and more concerning situation the longer it goes on. Last night’s announcement by the Prime Minister shows the UK is upping the ante. The current situation, which is effectively a lockdown, will only be revisited in three weeks’ time.
It remains to be seen how the rest of Scottish football cope. Celtic, however, should be absolutely fine during these troubling times.