An SPFL club chairman has come out and openly backed a plan that would see Celtic crowned as champions of Scotland.
Brechin City figure Ken Ferguson believes that the season must end now in a bid to ensure that clubs are able to turn their focus onto handling pressing financial matters.
The Daily Record reported on Saturday that there may be no football in Scotland until August. Whether that proves to be the case or not is up in the air. However, if that does happen, it will leave many of the smaller clubs in the country struggling to pay expenses without any ticket money coming from supporters.
Therefore, speaking in the Courier, Ferguson has backed a plan to name the leaders champions and consign the basement clubs to relegation.
“From my own personal perspective I would favour that route. ou draw a line in the sand and you are where you are. There will be winners and losers.
“People will think: ‘He’s looking after himself’ but you have to look at the bigger picture and how do you practically come back to finish the league? Financially, decisions have to be made. Some clubs can afford to carry on for a while, others simply can’t. There will be a big financial impact and managing that is the next step.
“There will be winners and losers whatever is decided. It’s an unprecedented situation. This is completely different to anything we’ve ever had to face before. Folk will disagree but we have to make sure Scottish football sticks together and that we are ready to come out fighting whenever the new season starts.”
League reconstruction has already been ruled out
Unfortunately for Ferguson, this plan likely won’t stand. That’s because, as reported by the Daily Record, league reconstruction has been ruled already.
Ferguson’s preferred plan would see the removal of playoff promotion places too. That means that his own Brechin City, who sit bottom of League Two, would avoid a drop into non-league football.
Therefore, there’s also some bias into the plan he’s proposing too. And even if it would only be adding one more team to each league, it still falls under the umbrella of league reconstruction.
However, his point about the financial implications for clubs can’t be ignored. Without ticket money coming through for clubs like Brechin in the lower divisions, it could be a catastrophic move for some if there’s no football for the next four or five months.
Clubs in that predicament will want to focus on managing their finances as opposed to playing games behind closed doors. Some simply won’t be able to afford it, and considering we spend most of our time thinking about what will happen at the top of the Premiership, we’re guilty of forgetting the smaller clubs who could struggle for cash.
Whatever decision is made today – not everyone will be happy. The plan that Ferguson backs, even if we would be champions because of it, feels unlikely.