Celtic will be among the many Scottish clubs asked for their opinion on the prospect of this entire season being played with no fans.
Sunday will be the Hoops’ sixth home game of the season. Yet, not a single Celtic supporter has been able to see the team in action at Parkhead thus far.
And, as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tightened restrictions earlier this week, the prospect of fans getting back to games was put on hold.
The SFA/SPFL Joint Response Group (JRG) are now seemingly preparing for the nightmare scenario that this entire season is played behind closed doors.
As per the BBC, the JRG will hold “divisional Zoom meetings” to establish how long clubs can survive without gate money, and what the overall impact would be.
Those findings are then expected to be used to make a case for financial support from the Scottish Government.
Celtic pressure will come from fans
Celtic’s actual finances shouldn’t be doing too badly, all things considered.
The club shifted a record number of season tickets this summer, so they actually shouldn’t be too much down on where they usually are.
The big issue the club will have at present is fans who are frustrated at seeing little return for their £500 odd season ticket investment.
The Pass to Paradise will calm those frustrations at the start, but Celtic will find themselves in a really tough position should a full season of closed door games materialise.
Hopefully the club will make the clear case that football stadia are no different to pubs and restaurants that have been back open for months.
Of course, the issue may be in fans travelling to and from matches. But surely a compromise can be found at some stage.
The club will be fighting this strongly. Hopefully the Scottish Government listen and decide to provide some assistance.