Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows has called on the UK and Scottish governments to step in an provide a bit of clarity on measures to help support football clubs, speaking on BBC Sportsound over the weekend (21/03, 14:30).
Celtic, along with the Steelmen and every other Scottish club, are currently sitting on the sidelines away from training and matches as the ongoing public health crisis continues.
Although disappointing for the clubs and supporters, the priority is safety and it doesn’t look like games are going to be played any time soon.
With much of the income in Scottish football generated by ticket sales, this is putting a significant financial strain on some well-known sides.
Burrows has now called on the government to help out and make decisions.
Speaking to BBC Sportsound (21/03, 14:30), he said: “We’ve not had any real certainty. But more than one voice in football who has called for some clarity from the government about what is going to happen to football.
“Boris Johnson gave that certainty to pubs, clubs and restaurants. I appreciate both the UK gov and Scottish gov have more significant issues right now, far more important like the health and wellbeing of the nation and the economy at large.
“But hopefully when we get round to football we can get some clarity there and start to make some decisions about if, what, where and when.”
With Hearts asking their staff to take a 50% wage cut and Aberdeen releasing a statement about the financial peril they face, clearly this is an urgent issue that needs addressing by the authorities both inside and outside of football.
Many ordinary staff are involved in running football clubs and such a tumultuous time is no doubt cause for anxiety for many workers and players.
While government intervention may seem drastic, perhaps its best that some decisions are taken out of the hands of the leagues in such an unprecedented time.